Custom Cryptic Crosswords

Testimonials

"I particularly liked the high level of communication and interaction with you as the setter, which has made it feel much more like a joint effort :-) I’m sure my dad will be thrilled with his crossword; it should keep him amused for quite some time!" - EY, October 2017

"Just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed the crossword you compiled for my 80th birthday. A lovely surprise gift – very original and of course very personal. It’s now framed and hanging in our bedroom. It will remind me, not only of my 8oth,but of times past." - GS, September 2017

"In terms of feedback on the process, I must say I found it very smooth. I googled for bespoke cryptic crosswords to find the site in the first place, and found the site informative and clear. Our communication has similarly been constructive, professional and all of your responses prompt and considered. I am delighted with the product overall, and as I come from a family of cryptic crossword fans, we are all now considering when the next significant birthday or event may be for which we could commission a personal one! Lastly - it's even converted a couple of people in the office to the joys of a cryptic." - EW, July 2017

"I've found the whole process to be excellent. The website was prominent enough on Google; your timely response initially was a pleasant surprise and it has been smooth, friendly and professional approach ever since. Thank you." - JS, May 2017

"I thought the process was wonderful. Even with my limited knowledge of cryptic crosswords I felt completely involved throughout the process. You were wonderful to work with and I enjoyed corresponding with you throughout the process. Overall I am very happy with this service and would highly recommend it." - AM, March 2017

"Thank you so much for all of your help. Frank really enjoyed the puzzle. It was just the right level of challenge for him. He and I (mostly he - but I did manage to get two answers on my own!) worked on it over lunch together and it was a lot of fun. " - JF, August 2016

"Just wanted to let you know that the puzzle was a big hit at Ted’s Birthday party. It was a really original gift and very much appreciated. Thank you very much for all your efforts on this. I was really pleased with how smooth the process was and the timescale." - KB, August 2016

"My Golden Anniversary crosswords were the most amazing surprise. I had been totally unaware of the secret plotting between my husband and the setter. Tackling the clues provided entertainment throughout our celebration holiday. The ingenuity of the setter in weaving personal details into the solutions was quite astonishing. Who would have thought that Dumfriesshire could be an anagram of ‘if she is murder’? Family names, favourite holiday destinations , pets, paintings, hobbies all made an appearance. A priceless gift!" - SH, November 2015

"The crossword was an ideal gift for my father's 60th birthday. The difficulty was pitched just about right (we specified hard and were not disappointed) and he really appreciated how relevant the clues and answers were to him and his life." - CC, July 2015

"I've been really happy with the service - you have been very quick, responsive and have provided exactly what I was after - I couldn't ask for more - and it is much more ingenious than anything I imagined - thank you!" - AB, June 2015

"The effort, thought and genius put into the crossword was quite incredible - Dad was so overwhelmed and enjoyed every second of working out the amazing clues. The standard of the crossword was exceptional." - CT, June 2015

"My husband made a short visit to [the recipient] on her birthday and so she received the puzzle on the day. It was a little while before she realised that this was no ordinary crossword, and then of course it was a few days later that she got down to solving it, but she was DELIGHTED! We were both with her over Easter and she keeps saying "Thankyou, it was a lovely idea" and she has now asked me to send her a further number of copies to give to friends and relations. All in all a great success and we thank you again for the time and trouble you put into it, it was well worth it. - JC, April 2015

"The puzzle was fabulous! He was so touched that we'd arranged such a personal birthday present for him and delighted that it was something he would actually enjoy doing. Much to my mother's relief he didn't settle down straight away to finish it during the dinner. There are still two clues he's working on - he won't let us give him the sanswers so I think you pitched it perfectly - he's looking forward to showing everyone at his bridge club!" - EH, April 2015"

"Thanks for crafting a delightful puzzle and a pretty perfect Christmas present!" - SW, March 2015

"Pat really liked the custom puzzle! It was a perfect present for someone that's really hard to buy for. It took him the weekend to finish so that was just right. We're going to get it framed next. I will definitely recommend you!" - CO, February 2015

"Just to let you know that Roberta really enjoyed tackling the crossword and completed it on Sunday - using only one hint!" - EK, February 2015

"I received a custom cryptic crossword as a Christmas present; the whole puzzle hung together beautifully as a top-notch piece of cryptic clueing which had me scratching my head, smiling quietly and laughing uproariously." - AD, January 2015

"Chris really, really enjoyed the crossword you compiled for him - he couldn't wait to get going on it, so started at midnight after his party, and then got up at 5am to carry on, as he was so keen to finish it. He said it was pitched perfectly for him, and he's very, very impressed. Thank you so much!" - KC, May 2014

"I'm the delighted recipient of a birthday crossword - I absolutely love it! I had great fun completing it - I laughed out loud at many of the solutions. Excellent work! - JW, May 2014

"This is really brilliant... I'm absolutely sure J will love it, so many, many thanks. Your work is much appreciated." - BD, April 2014

We helped with a proposal!
Skipjack, one of our bank of setters, created a special puzzle for RP, with the hidden phrase 'will you marry me' included around the perimeter. RP says: "The crossword made for the most perfect proposal - my puzzle-loving fiancée finished the last clue under palm trees and stars... and said yes!"

"I just wanted to say how excellent I found the crossword you did for me! it is pinned up and still makes me smile. It was just exactly like the Guardian cryptic in the length of time and level of thinking I needed to finish it – and it was a good mixture of types of clue." - MF, March 2014

"My parents really liked the crossword, and enjoyed solving it. It took them a solid couple of hours so about the right length - they're planning to have it framed now! I would definitely recommend this service to friends and family who regularly do crosswords! Thanks for all your hard work on it and creating a unique gift for my parents." - RC, March 2014

"Thank you so much, the crossword is splendid and a perfect present for A. She will love it!" - LN, February 2014

"Thank you again for all your hard work to make David such a special present - it really was the ideal gift to celebrate his 70th birthday." - RW, February 2014