Cryptic Crossword of the Lost and Found

Crossword competition open from 1st June! Read on for details!

In Spellbook of the Lost and Found, Hazel, Rowan and Ivy – a trio of troubled runaways squatting in a ghost estate – wake up every morning to a packet of Digestive biscuits & the newspaper crossword, delivered to their doorstep by Mags Maguire – pub-owner, poteen-maker, unlikely guardian and possible witch. Mags writes out the numbers of some of the crossword’s clues on a Post-it note that she sticks to the newspaper – clues that will somehow predict the three teens’ immediate futures.

The book is filled with crossword clues about lost things, about patron saints, about unexpected guests, about secrets. Most of the clues were supplied by my dad, who is a cryptic crossword wizard, and who then wrote an entire crossword based around lost and found things, just for me. (My dad is wonderful.)

That crossword – the Cryptic Crossword of the Lost and Found – has been added as a bonus feature at the end of Spellbook, and readers who send me the correct completed clues via email will be entered in a draw to win a signed copy of Spellbook of the Lost and Found & The Accident Season, as well as a bunch of goodies.

This competition is open for UK & Ireland readers only, but US & Canada readers please watch this space for a North America-only competition opening in August.

Please send your completed crossword to before August 1st 2017 with the heading SPELLBOOK CROSSWORD COMPETITION. I’ll contact the winning entry for postal details.

Here are some tips from the Guardian on solving cryptic clues and here are some explanations of the types of clues to look for. The Cryptic Crossword of the Lost & Found is inspired by the Irish Times Crosair & you can find a breakdown of their latest clues here.

For ebook readers (or those opposed to writing in their books), here is a printable version of the crossword: CrypticCrosswordOfTheLostAndFound