MUCH ON THIS WEBSITE IS STILL FREE! - Enjoy!
STOP PRESS! 13,000 Visits now exceeded! Check out September for our brand new crossword competition, inviting you to submit a 90×90 cryptic crossword to celebrate on February 1st next year, 90 years since the very first Times crossword in pursuit of generous money prizes for a small registration fee. More details on 1st September. Winners will have their crosswords published on this site.
As promised the Word Games are back and much improved, and Sunil and I are happy to include our new popular clue list option to them as well. I think that by adding 5 monthly gems of concise crosswords to the Games repertoire from the pens of former crossword editors, Margaret Webb, for The Times and my dear friend, Barbara Hall, for The Sunday Times that we have finally managed to open up these priceless crosswords to the Globe, and I think Shakespeare too, were he alive today, would be proud of our very British institutions! Please consult instructions for any further assistance, and spread the Word! – Sincerely, David Akenhead
NEW Crosswords and Crossword Games formats from August! You may have noticed a few changes to our products – with our advanced commercial crossword platform enabling me to make the very best of my facilities, ensuring maximum efficiency speedwise, timewise, and sizewise to our products. I liken writing computer crosswords to making the perfect cup of tea – a number (quite a few, actually) of subtle conditions must be met to make it, in the words of Goldilocks, ‘just right’! Keep the comments coming in! I like to think that no challenge is too great to do justice to our wonderful provenance. We are making changes all the time to improve your experience. Tell your friends!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Akenhead Crosswords announced on 5th June 2019, the successful on-line publication (above) of the mammoth (already correspondingly large interest!) Diamond Jubilee Puzzle compiled by Brian Greer in February 1990 to celebrate 60 Years of The Times crossword, the original compiled by Adrian Bell and published in The Times, on Saturday 1st February 1930. We’ve just added a fantastic new clue list facility there too to enhance Greer’s magnum opus and we’ve changed the appearance a little also, to enable easier solution entry! As to projects in the pipeline: let’s just say for now, that they are huge, and they will, as ever involve you, my generous public! See my revised History for further details. Great fan of H.G. Wells! Shape of things to come, perhaps? (see my father’s article too of 17/8/1974 for a clue!). My latest efforts are focusing on improving the Word Games and the crosswords so that the solver is free to determine the amount of help required with every clue, if any – the aim being to extend the scope of appreciation of these wonderful titles of which I remain the proud guardian with my unique digital crossword archive.
Here at crosswordsakenhead.com we take a deep pride in things British, and none more so than the UK Times crossword. Thanks again to David Parfitt, Times Puzzles editor for a welcome mention in his weekly bulletin (and the current crossword crew, of which I was formerly a part before my retirement). I should perhaps add, though, that there are no plans at present to reintroduce the subscriptions. Feedback to my email address below is always welcome.
The Jumbo Games, now available in our brand new format covering 5 months will remain a FREE attraction for anyone to enjoy. They now number 100 in total. In addition, and in response to readers’ requests for simpler Games – we are also introducing each month 5 NEW Times and Sunday Times Concise Puzzle Games (also FREE) based on extracts from Classic Golden Oldies.
NEW FACILITIES – Help and No Help – I have introduced these two innovations to encourage a wider appreciation of the crosswords themselves, leaving you our readers to decide on the amount of help you require, if any. I received an email suggesting I was defeating the point with the No Help versions by offering the solutions! I would like to reiterate that it is the same with the books, and in my new Games, where cheating is also a last resort and should be resisted unless defeat is conceded! All the same, I defer to my father, who reminded me “by their fruits, so shall ye know them!” In other words, even the experts can benefit from a leg up sometimes!
Additional NEW features include: FREE Crossword Games, NEW Articles, Crossword History (latest revision) and Visitors’ Top Forty – Enjoy, and spread the Word! – Visits to this site now number 13,102. Thank you, for your patronage!
This website is dedicated to the memory of my late father, Edmund Akenhead, magician and cruciverbalist extraordinary, writer of pantomimes, and quiet war hero, originally resident crossword Editor to The Tanganyika Standard – later East African Standard (15 years) and supplier of his crosswords to the Mombasa Times and The Times of India, and former longest serving full time Crossword Editor of The Times (18 years), inventor of The Times Jumbo crossword, instigator of the annual Times crossword championships and mastermind behind the early BBC 2 production, Crossword on Two hosted by Frank Muir and Patrick Campbell. On this website alone you will discover extracts from my exclusive hands-on Crossword Digital Library which I have compiled voluntarily and updated personally since 1980, and which now embodies a unique collection of almost every crossword book publication post World War 2, commencing with The First Book of The Times Crosswords commissioned by Penguin to my father in 1969. My entire archive (above) today comprises over 12,500 digital crosswords from The Times, and The Sunday Times newspapers including some early gems. Items marked R are excluded from public access on this site.
The crosswords available on this website have been commissioned to include digital crossword publications for The Times and The Sunday Times prior to October 2000 stemming from 1925 in the case of the latter and 1930 in the case of the former together with post WW2 rare crossword book publications culminating in mine and Richard Browne’s pride and joy, 75 Years of The Times Crossword (see article) under special licence from Times Newspapers Limited.
Very best wishes – David Akenhead, author of the Computer Crosswords and former Crossword Consultant to The Times from the lovely island (and people) and former earliest British colony, of Newfoundland.
“This must be the crossword equivalent to White Knight or Colossus Bridge. To be compared to those two masterpieces in serious games programming is a true testament to the quality of The Times Computer Crosswords” Nic Outterside, Electron User Magazine, September 1988 edition
“My main reason for buying The Times is trying to solve the crossword, I love it” Mrs Maureen Henden, 26th March 2019
Thought for the month: “Those who really seek for self-knowledge cannot fail from gaining this real treasure of spiritual life” Mary Aikenhead, Dublin, 28th August,1815