Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Here we go with the first crossword.Just click on the link below.
You can either solve it online or use the pdf version for solving it on paper.
As we sample crosswords from a variety of sources, please note that both
English and American spellings are to be considered.
You might have to wait a bit for the java application to fully load.
For those who are still unsure as to what a cryptic crossword is, there are many articles on the net among which is this Wikipedia article.
Happy solving!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The First Cryptic Crossword Workshop-3

Below are the pictures of the winners of the crossword competition...
6th position : Yeoh Ban Lye
5th position : Craig Marcombe
4th position: Mary Schneider
3rd position : Chin Kar Peng
2nd position : Goh Teck Koon
1st position : Liong Chian Min

Jay thanking John for conducting the workshop(above)

and giving a token of appreciation later at his home(below)

The First Cryptic Crossword Workshop-2

Some photos from the event...

Monday, August 16, 2010

The First Cryptic Crossword Workshop-1

The first cryptic crossword workshop was held on April 11th 2010 at the Caring Society Complex in Penang.It was organised by Malaysian Mensa Society-Penang Branch and conducted by John Nutkins. There were about 23 participants - a mixture of beginners, dabblers and regulars. A competition was held at the end of the workshop. Feedback forms were distributed to gauge the effectiveness of the workshop.One of the results of the feedback is this blog.It was suggested that to keep interest going there has to be a place where questions can be asked by beginners and anyone else regarding clueing and crossword related matters.

So Jay who had initiated the event for Mensa discussed this matter with the few who had agreed on the feedback forms to help with such requests.The few were John himself, Liong Chian Min and Craig Marcombe.Later Mary Schneider indicated that she would support the idea too.

So here we are ! We've chosen to call this blog Cryptonites.We hope you become a regular visitor and participate in solving clues as well as discussions of which  no doubt there will be many.

We will feature crosswords from various sources on a regular basis and these can be solved online or downloaded as a pdf file at your end to be solved on paper. Answers will be explained after a suitable period by any one of us mentioned in the second paragraph.

Beginners are encouraged to ask any questions they have regarding cryptic clues. Cryptonites will try to answer their enquiries in timely fashion.We are not oracles and we welcome those who are knowledgeable to also chip in and contribute. In this way, we hope to keep the crossword community in Malaysia going on through thick and thin.