Sunday, 13 May 2012

Treasure Hunt Trilogy Part 3 Solution

Welcome back. Please see below for the final piece of the Treasure Hunt Trilogy puzzle. You should now be able to uncover the location of the hidden treasure! Remember - to do this you need to combine the three solution grids (exactly how is what you need to figure out). I have decided not to post up the solution to this - if/when you work it out please feel free to be the first to post up the solution as a comment.

If you have not done the crosswords themselves yet and want to give them a try, ignore the solution below and look up the three crosswords in the archive, or click on each of these links:
Even if you don't figure out the overall solution to the treasure hunt, each crossword stands on its own and is worth the effort, so give them a try and let me know what you think of the clues via feedback comments.

Don't forget my plea for 'double-barrel' clues. Still looking for these. Click here to read about this:

And don't forget to check back for the murder, coming soon...

Monday, 23 April 2012

Treasure Hunt Trilogy Part 3

Please see below for the final piece in the Treasure Hunt puzzle. By now you should have already completed parts 1 and 2. If not, and if you're not sure what the 'treasure hunt' relates to, catch up here: and here:

Each puzzle stands alone as an independent cryptic crossword, but the three combined presents an extra puzzle - the location of 'buried treasure'. You'll get a couple of weeks before I post up the solution to part 3, but even then I'll hold off on the buried treasure for a while. Be the first to post up a comment when you've cracked it!

While we're on the subject of catching up, don't forget to check out the 'best ever clue' crossword here: and for a theatrically flavoured crossword try this one: As usual, please feel free to post up feedback in the comments box.

Still no luck in tracking down all the 'double-barrel' clues that are supposedly out there. I still only have two example (mine and Alberich's). If you have any ideas on how I can find these please do let me know. I still would love to post up the whole collection. If you don't know what I'm talking about, take a look at 1ac and 7ac here: and/or check out my plea here:

Following the Treasure Hunt I have one more crossword in this series - this one involves murder most horrible. But more on that later...

Meanwhile, good luck on the treasure hunt...

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Treasure Hunt Trilogy Part 2 Solution

Well, you can't say you didn't have enough time to solve it! Please see below for the solution to part 2 of the Treasure Hunt. The third installment will be posted up very shortly so please check back again soon.

As usual, always happy to get your feedback on the clues so please leave a comment or two and let us know what you think.

And don't forget the back catalogue! If you haven't already done them, please see here to get the the 'best ever clue' crossword: and see here for the theatrical crossword:

Following the trilogy comes the murder! So keep watching this space for a unique puzzle coming soon...

Friday, 6 April 2012

Treasure Hunt Trilogy Part 2

Part 2 of the treasure hunt appears below. To remind you: the combination of all three grids in the trilogy reveals the secret location of buried treasure. If you haven't done the first one yet, find it here:

You'll get about two weeks or so to complete part 2 due to the Easter break. Can't give an exact date for posting the solution yet - just check back regularly. Remember, each crossword in the trilogy stands alone; the buried treasure location is an additional puzzle. So enjoy each puzzle on its own and then see if you can crack the secret location - be the first to post your success as a comment.

By the way, I'm still looking to collect all those other 'double-barrel' clues people tell me are out there. So far I have still only collected two (my own and one from Alberich). If you don't know what I'm talking about, first take a look at this crossword: Then check out my plea here: I'm dying to post up the whole collection, but I need your help to collect them all first!

Happy Solving! And don't forget - I welcome feedback so please do not be shy. Post your feedback as comments and let me know which clues you liked and which ones you hated (and why). 


Saturday, 31 March 2012

Treasure Hunt Trilogy Part 1 solution

I hope you enjoyed part 1 of the treasure hunt trilogy. Solution appears below. If you haven't seen it yet, you can get it from the archives at the right side panel of this page, or use this link:

Don't forget, there are two more crosswords that make up the complete puzzle. Even though each one stands as an independent puzzle on its own, the three grids combined reveals the location of a 'buried treasure'! Be the first to crack the secret location and post up your success as a comment. The second puzzle will be posted up shortly so keep watching this space...

Meanwhile, check out the archives for more innovative puzzles, or use these links: (yes, I know, it's quite a boast to claim the best ever cryptic clue, but check it out anyway and I'm still happy to get your feedback on it). By the way, if you've read some of my previous posts you will know that I am collecting all the 'double-barrel' clues I can find. If you know of any please do send them to me (I still do not have many yet). Once I think I have them all I will post them up all together for comparison. These are very unusual clues (mainly because good examples are extremely difficult to compose) so I am sure there will be a lot of interest in a complete collection.

For a theatrically themed crossword, try this:

As always, happy to get your feedback on any of these crosswords so don't be shy - leave a comment. And please keep checking back as there are more to come. Following the Treasure Hunt Trilogy, is a murder! I guarantee this is a crossword of a very unusual kind so don't miss it!


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Double-barrel clues: Help me find them!

So now it's a quest to post up all the 'double-barrel' clues ever constructed, and I need your help. And if you can think of a better name than 'double-barrel' please suggest it!

Some background for those of you not familiar with what I'm talking about. A few weeks ago I posted up what I thought at the time was a unique clue as part of a whole crossword. I trumpeted it as the best cryptic clue ever. If you didn't see the crossword it is here: Check it out: the double-barrel clue is 1ac and 7ac, but there are some other pretty good clues too (if I may say so myself). When you've had enough, you can see the solution here:

The double-barrel clue is:
Reconstruct: foster natural landscape (6)
Reconstruct: foster natural landscape (9)
No prizes for working out the six-letter solution, but what about the nine-letter solution?

OK, I got hammered a little about the 'best cryptic clue ever' claim on the grounds that others had used a similar device in the past. Well, now I want to find those clues and post them up for everyone. So far I have one other actual example, provided by Alberich (published in his first crossword for the Independent a couple of years ago). So now I have two examples: my own plus Alberich's. I will post them, but first I need to collect all the others out there - published and unpublished, so if you know of them please send them to me at (or post it as a comment below).

I have been told that crosswords by Ximenes and Virgilius have both contained examples - do you have a copy of these or know where I can track them down? Let me know!

Meanwhile, don't miss the Treasure Hunt Trilogy -an innovative crossword set that includes a real treasure hunt. Part 1 is here: And check out other great crossword sites here:


Saturday, 24 March 2012

Treasure Hunt Trilogy, Part 1

Below is the first of a trilogy of crossword puzzles. Each crossword also stands on its own independently. The combination of the three grids reveals the location of buried treasure!

OK, so there's no actual treasure this time around. Here's a bit of history on this puzzle. I constructed it a few years ago as a member of the Australian Crossword Club and it was published in their monthly magazine CrozWorld (visit them here: At that time there really was a treasure and it really was 'buried'. The treasure was a prize voucher. The idea was this: be the first to unlock the secret location of the treasure and then race to the site to actually dig it up!

I'm reprinting the puzzle here (with permission) but, sorry, there is no prize this time. On the other hand, there is significant kudos for being the first to solve the mystery and post a comment to that effect (you don't need to reveal the solution, you can easily demonstrate knowing the solution with a hint). In any case, I am sure you will find it an intriguing challenge even if you don't manage to find the location of the buried treasure. And of course, you can just enjoy solving each crossword for its own merit.

To find the location of the buried treasure you will need to solve each of the three crosswords and then combine the grids in a certain way (which of course I will not reveal - you need to figure that out!). I will post each crossword followed by its solution in turn (I will give you about a week to solve each crossword). Once the third crossword is posted a 'winner' becomes eligible. Don't forget to post your comments and feedback along the way.

Get cracking!