Introducing codeword

I must admit that I am floundering in the new format. If there is a thread which explains the way the new system works then for the life of me, I haven’t found it.

In the meantime, I have a new topic to raise. I used to be quite good at cryptic crosswords and found great satisfaction in solving the whole thing. Alas, this is no longer possible. I reject the idea that they have got harder. I go for the alternative explanation that my advanced old age is the culprit.

I have, fortunately found a worthy alternative which is called codeword. Here you are presented with the standard shape of a crossword but in each blank space you are presented with a number in the range of 1 to 26 where the number represents a letter in the alphabet. You are told typically what letter two of the numbers represents. The puzzle is to work out what the remaining numbers represent. Every letter must appear at least once. The meaning of the words is irrelevant.

To solve a codeword you will need logic and vocabulary. Experience obviously helps. Most of the newspapers publish a codeword puzzle. Most days I can get all the words right but the occasional failure adds to the buzz I get when I succeed.

Is anyone else hooked by this riddle?


I do a lot of codewords @Mr_Magoo . They do come in varying degrees of difficulty but by and large they are usually solvable quite quickly. I am actually doing one at the moment it’s a large one in a book of puzzles. Crack on and get solving it’s good for the old grey matter.:+1:

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I enjoy Codeword too, mr Magoo …… I look forward to the crossword in our daily newspaper and often try the Codeword as well.

A good alternative for you :+1:

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I play codewords too - I’m better at them than the cryptic ones, for sure!

Also you could have a read of this and see if it helps you navigate the forum?

Forum help

But you managed to get over here and start a thread so that is a huge start right away! :+1:


Good to see you Mr Magoo!

I love all kinds of puzzles - Logic grids, Crosswords (especially the Times) and Codewords. Also like Sudoku - but am not very good at those!

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Yes, I too enjoy code word and sudoku puzzles. As mentioned in a previous post, both are available in small book form and also can be found online.

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If you want a site with easily downloadable puzzles try


Love that Tezza, thank you for sharing! Looks good - might print some of them off today! :+1:

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I regularly run off a few pages of Suguru . A numbers puzzle that is seemingly easy but can be tricky.


I regularly run off a few pages of Suguru . A numbers puzzle that is seemingly easy but can be tricky.

I have never heard of Suguru until you mentioned it. I have just googled it and it looks interesting. Many thanks (I think). :woman_shrugging:

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I haven’t heard of that either, but thanks I’ll go have a wee look! :smiley:

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If that wets your appetite try Kakuro. Similar but harder. :+1:

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Wow! What a feast for the brain!

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