Crossword and Puzzle Tutorials

Brush up on your skills or tackle a new challenge with this series of step-by-step puzzle tutorials. And if there's a particular puzzle that is causing you angst, contact us here and we'll put it on our list. Enjoy!

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Cryptic Crossword Tutorial

Like to join the ranks of the elite and become a cryptic crossword solver?

Sudoku Video Tutorial

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be good at maths to solve a Sudoku! The puzzles are based on the principles of logic and recent variants have been created which use systems of letters, shapes or colours instead of numbers. To help you get started...

From the Vault – How to Compile a Crossword

Interested in becoming a crossword compiler?

You’re in luck! Hidden beneath the dust bunnies during a recent spring-clean we discovered a typewritten aid for compiling crosswords written by none other than Crossword Queen, Christine Lovatt. And much to our surprise and delight the advice contained therein still holds true.

So, if you want to try [more…]

Unique Blocks

UNIQUE BLOCKS are essential tools for solving Kakuro and Killer Sudoku/Addoku puzzles. For example a total of 4 in 2 squares is a UNIQUE BLOCK. It can’t be 2 + 2 because each line of numbers can contain only one of each numeral. So the two squares can have only 1 or 3, though [more…]