Guardian Cryptic/Prize Crossword Analysis

This page renders some charts from data gathered via the Guardian newspaper's cryptic and prize crosswords. The data shown here was scraped via the web.

Each section will eiter explicitly differentiate between prize or cryptic, or not. Where there is no distinction, then the data is aggregated over both prize and cryptic.

The git repository containing this data is here.

Last Updated: Thu Nov 21 01:01:25 2019

1. Total number of crosswords, set by author

This chart shows the number of crosswords set per setter. No real surprises here as to the most prolific setters.


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2. Crosswords per year, per setter

This chart shows an area span for the number of crosswords set per setter, per year. Interesting to see when a setter started and stopped.


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3. Frequency of word duplications across all crosswords, per setter

This chart shows the number of words a given setter has used more than once, across all crosswords for that setter.


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4. Setter Biographies

This shows information about each setter

Arachne
Araucaria
Atë
Audreus
Auster
Biggles
Boatman
Bogus
Bonxie
Brendan
Brummie
Bunthorne
Chaucer
Chifonie
Crispa
Crucible
Egoist
Enigmatist
Enigmatist and Paul
Enigmatist, Paul and Shed
Fawley
Fidelio
Fiore
Gemini
Gordius
Hendra
Imogen
Janus
Kookaburra
Logodaedalus
Maskarade
Mercury
Nutmeg
Nutmeh
Omnibus
Orlando
Otterden
Pan
Pasquale
Paul
Phiistine
Philistine
Picaroon
Plodge
Puck
Qaos
Quantum
Rover
Rufus
Screw
Shed
Sphinx
Taupi
Tramp
Unknown
Vlad
Vulcan


5. Number of duplicate answers and their questions

This table shows the number of times a given clue has been used and the different questions which have been used to make up that clue.

5a. Number of duplicate clues per setter

This table shows the number of times a given clue has been used per setter.

6. List of all crosswords by setter, which has a PDF version

This table shows the crossword number and a link to the PDF crossword, if available.