From David Parfitt – Puzzles Editor, Times On-Line, Saturday, February 20th

David Akenhead’s Crossword Archive
David Akenhead, the son of the former Times Crossword editor, Edmund Akenhead, has assiduously collated and digitised his huge archive of historical crosswords published in The Times and The Sunday Times. His work begins in 1925 for The Sunday Times and 1930 for The Times and includes rare publications including his father’s original Jumbo crosswords up to 2000, when our Crossword Club archive takes over.

David now has a new commercial app, containing nearly 1,500 Times and Sunday Times crossword games and rare vintage crossword publications from his extensive archive. There is an annual fee for this work, which as of 15th May 2021 stands at US $10.

The remainder of his work may be found on his website, free for all comers and includes many features and developments from crossword history, and interesting articles accompanying his and his father’s industry and other devotees over many years, including Brian Greer’s mammoth Times Diamond Jubilee puzzle, David’s own comparable 208-clue 90th Anniversary of the Times Crossword, and some vintage Times and Sunday Times crosswords.

Further details, including ongoing projects, and methods of payment/subscription can be found by visiting his website, which is entirely independent of The Times and The Sunday Times, via this link:

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