Sunday, 18 January 2015


Do you know someone who loves crosswords?

Since the publication of my book How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords, many people have asked whether I ever write crosswords of my own. Well, so far I have spent more than fifty years solving other people’s but have not taken that extra step into becoming a compiler. That may soon be rectified when my first self-penned crossword appears in the Society of Women Writers and Journalists’ quarterly magazine, The Woman Writer. Only time will tell if the society’s members enjoy it enough to want me to carry on submitting puzzles on a regular basis.

So, I need the practice!!

 If you would like me to create a unique cryptic crossword, individually tailor-made for a friend or family member, perhaps as a birthday gift or to pop inside a greetings card – or you’d just like one written for yourself – then I can do it for you!

Just leave me a brief comment below indicating who it’s for and why they might enjoy it, and I will be in touch with one lucky reader, randomly-selected, to find out all I can about your chosen recipient’s interests and hobbies so I can build the clues around them, and maybe even hide their own name somewhere amongst the solutions!

I know I will have fun creating the puzzle, and I hope the winner or their friend will enjoy solving it just as much.

So, now it’s over to you…