Our focus is cryptic crosswords, but we also publish quick crosswords (both British and American style). Our cryptic crosswords tend to be standard 15×15 girds and easier 9×9 grids. We’re very keen on themed puzzles and formal innovations.

Send your crosswords and answers (explanations are a bonus) as ipuz, puz, PDF or Word documents to


2018 Deadlines

Our first issue for 2018 is Jan/Feb, with a final deadline of 14 January.

We accept submissions at any time, but the deadline for each print issue is the first of every second month (February, April, June, August, October).



Every issue of The Cruciverbalist is (partly) themed. Get in touch if you’d like to create a crossword that matches one of our upcoming themes. Of course we accept non-themed cryptics and quicks, as well as themed puzzles of any type.




Our cardinal rule

Your crossword can be easy, difficult, risqué, experimental, entirely unsuitable for the daily newspaper. But it must be fair. Always keep the solver in mind. As Lady Frances Derwent says in Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans:

It’s like making crossword puzzles, you write down a clue and you think it’s too idiotically simple and that everyone will guess it straight off, and you’re frightfully surprised when they simply can’t get it in the least.