Wednesday 24 September 2008


Here's an attempt to demystify this site with answers to often-asked questions about it.

Q: What is this site about?
A: Crossword Unclued is about crosswords of the cryptic kind. You'll find here 340+ articles with solving tips, descriptions of clue types, analysis of clueing trends/patterns in publications and lots of crossword trivia.

Q: I want to learn how to solve cryptic crosswords. Where should I start?
A: Start with Tackling Cryptic Crosswords: 7-Step Guide for Beginners. Look up the Index page next for further reading.

Q: What is the best way for me to browse through content on Crossword Unclued?
Try any of these options:

  • Browse through the links on the sidebar to access some of the most popular articles.
  • Visit the Site Archive, a chronological listing of all articles published on the site.
  • Click a label from the list of labels on the sidebar) to view all posts tagged with that label. e.g. To read posts about cryptic clue types, click the label clue types. Each post's labels are displayed right under the post title.
  • If you're looking for something specific, use the Google-powered Search box on the header.

Q: How can I keep track of updates to Crossword Unclued?
A: That's easy. You can do any of these to stay in touch with Crossword Unclued updates:

Q: Which published crosswords are discussed here?
A: There are occasional references to various published cryptic crosswords, most commonly:
- The Times Crossword UK (Times)
- The Guardian Crossword
- The Financial Times Crossword (FT)
- The Hindu Crossword (THC)
- The Economic Times/The Daily Mail Crossword (ET)
- The New Indian Express Crossword (NIE)
- The Daily Telegraph (DT)
- The Independent (Indy)

Q: Is it all right if I use the clues from this site for a crossword contest in my university/company?
A: The clues here are either referenced from copyrighted published sources with their permission, or they're my own. The clues may not be used elsewhere without direct permission from the owner(s) of the clues.

Q: Where do you get all these images from?
A: Some I create, some I get from licensed sources. The icons on the footer are from The filled-in grids images have been put up with permission from their publications. (Please do not take any images from the site without asking me.)

Q: I cannot figure out how a clue led to its solution. Can you help?
A: Post the clue in the section Want Help Deconstructing Clues? and I'll surely try.

Q: I wrote a comment on this site but it didn’t show up. Why?
A: Comments usually go through approval before they are published on the site. They'll appear within a few minutes if I'm online, or at most a couple of hours. Comments that are way off-topic or rude will not get published. 

Q: Who is the author of Crossword Unclued?
A: I'm Shuchi, for more about me read: 1, 2, 3.

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Suresh said...

Since this site is about interesting crossword clues, I came across one last week in the ET, Mumbai, which I liked. It reads as
"Spooner's, criminal and nurse to cover every place"
The answer of course is 'nook and cranny'

Shuchi said...

Thank you, Suresh.

I did a post on spoonerisms a few months ago, which you might enjoy reading. Here: