Treading water - cool!

The Digital Crosswords on my new website – alongside cover of the last Jumbo Mike Laws and I put together before he retired as Editor.

Inspired by the movie The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne as the late, great, Professor Stephen Hawking, I took it upon myself to see if I could attempt to simulate the parallel universes he alluded to, with that classic moment, on realising that what was planned took a different course, when the girl dropped her pencil on the floor! It occurred to me that the arena that is a crossword is no different.


Promoting the poetry, inspiration and insight into the human condition on nature's precarious trail, as envisaged by Timothy Francis Savage, and that of his ancestor renowned amid the romantic poets of old, Walter Savage Landor - see a small selection of the works of this equally appreciated modern visionary under The Savage Touch.


Our regular link up to this Website courtesy of Facebook and Linked-in via active crossword challenges including Jumbos on all sites penned by Edmund Akenhead before and after he joined The Times as well as other crossword authors pre Autumn 2000 on both The Times and Sunday Times assisted by DA. See Extra and Visits.


Our 1930 to 1985 project, tracing the development of The Times crossword monthly and via 10 sample clues therefrom - a work in progress including The Akenhead Years and the War Years all in digital format.


Our new Art Gallery including works from Akenhead, Kellett and Savage, old as well as contemporary. We will consider marketing giclées of our work, when the present world delivery postal service shows signs of recovery. Until then, feel free to browse our paintings with the hope that eventually we may, when the present strife is at an end, resume our earlier service.


Our own expanded Archive to include free samples of digital crossword collections and games extracted from publications published in The Times and The Sunday Times to October 2000 and to date in the case of Jumbo publications alone. We also offer our own Nital products, featuring Latin and Modern languages crossword games.


Promotion of Arts and Culture locally and globally, to be resumed when circumstances permit.

I’ll no say men are villains a’; The real harden’d wicked, Wha hae nae check but human law; Are to a few restricked: But och! mankind are unco weak, An’ little to be trusted; If self the wavering balance shake, It’s rarely right adjusted

Robert Burns Epistle to a Young Friend (the Friend being  Andrew Aiken son of Robert of Ayr, Burns’s patron and protector) Mossgiel, May 1786.

With Ukraine foremost in my mind:

What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

Christina Rossetti 1830-94 “In the bleak mid-winter” 1875

He could, perhaps, have pass’d the Hellespont, As once (a feat on which ourselves we prided) Leander, Mr. Ekenhead, and I did.

George Gordon Noel Lord Byron Don Juan c.v.

Few men have been admired by their own households

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) Que sais-je?

STOP PRESS! Greetings around the World! A reminder here that our wonderful Crossword on The Times was preceded by 5 Years by The Sunday Times. Witness alongside crosswords courtesy of Times Newspapers Limited compiled originally for The Sunday Times by Elizabeth Jewell and published in Book form in 1975 by Penguin – DA

STOP PRESS! Quality control is fundamental to my operation. If you discover any flaw in my work, please notify me at our internal email address: and I shall address the matter immediately.

Pleased to display (above) my last collaborative effort with my dear friend, Mike Laws, The Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword Book 6, and remembering too with equal affection, Barbara Hall MBE, former crossword editors of both The Times and Sunday Times respectively, obituaries below and both deeply missed.

STOP PRESS! 330,422 Visits recorded here to date from 195 countries or states. Our viewership has rocketed again this Year and since celebrating 90 Years of The Times Crossword in February 2020 along with my own 208 clue compilation in reply to Brian Greer’s earlier mammoth Diamond Jubilee Puzzle as well as the other Anniversary milestones of The Times crossword whose centenary in 2030 I hope to celebrate, plus my support for St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney and all the Sisters and friends of The Mary Aikenhead Foundation and at the Heritage Centre in Dublin and globally, whose tireless work is as treasured as it has always been in bringing hope to peoples’ lives.

David Akenhead, CEO Akenhead crosswords, Thursday, 25th July 2024

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