As I get a chance to do so, this will be a page linking all the crosswords I’m aware of and have played, along with a short review of the content and my general impression of the difficulty level.   Since some of the puzzles are released only on certain days, I will list them by day.  If you wish to have a puzzle listed here that is not already, send me a link and give me time to play a number of samples and in due time it will get listed here if I feel it is of good enough quality.  (Difficulty ratings on 1-6 scale)

Quick Links: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Monday

The Los Angeles Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country.   A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site (ad-filled). Washington PostPUZ (with account). Rating: 2

The New York Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country five weeks later.  A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site (requires subscription). Rating: 2

The Wall Street Journal – as published in that news paper when the day is not a holiday. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. PUZ (no main page, form the right date from the URL). Rating: 3

Newsday – as published in a local New York area news paper. A generic crossword puzzle that tends to focus more directly on words and academic topics, featuring themes that tend to focus on those things. This puzzle will focus on very easy cluing with little relative challenge. Main Site. Rating: 1

The Daily Commuter – A common syndicated crossword that focuses on regular words and straight-forward clues with no theme. No online play source, but you will find several random samples upon web search. Rating: 1

Joseph Interactive Crossword – A common 11×13 B-Level syndicated themeless grid with general words and pop culture topics. Site. Rating: 2

USA Today – as published in that news paper. A generic crossword that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. Rating: 2

Brendan Emmett Quigley – This well known constructor places a themeless grid on his web site. This puzzle often involves more cultural references in both the clues and answers. Main site. Rating: 5.

Tuesday

The Los Angeles Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site (ad-filled). Washington Post. PUZ (with account). Rating: 2

The New York Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country five weeks later. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a slightly more complex of theme entries included. Main site (requires subscription). Rating: 3

The Wall Street Journal – as published in that news paper when the day is not a holiday. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. PUZ (no main page, form the right date from the URL). Rating: 3

Newsday – as published in a local New York area news paper. A generic crossword puzzle that tends to focus more directly on words and academic topics, featuring themes that tend to focus on those things. This puzzle will focus on very easy cluing with little relative challenge. Main Site. Rating: 1

The Daily Commuter – A common syndicated crossword that focuses on regular words and straight-forward clues with no theme. No online play source, but you will find several random samples upon web search. Rating: 1

Joseph Interactive Crossword – A common 11×13 B-Level syndicated themeless grid with general words and pop culture topics. Site. Rating: 2

USA Today – as published in that news paper. A generic crossword that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. Rating: 2

Jonesin’ Crosswords – a syndicated puzzle offered by Matt Jones. A generic crossword that is edited in a little less formal fashion. The specific offering is random from easier puzzles to relatively challenging themeless grids. Main site. PUZ (no main page, form the right date from the URL with Thursday’s date.). Rating: 2-5.

Club 72 – a difficult themeless puzzle offered by Tim Croce. Main Site. Rating: 6.

Wednesday

The Los Angeles Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a slightly more complex set of theme entries and more difficult cluing. Main site (ad-filled). Washington Post. PUZ (with account). Rating: 3

The New York Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country five weeks later. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a more complex set of theme entries included. Main site (requires subscription). Rating: 4

The Wall Street Journal – as published in that news paper when the day is not a holiday. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a more complex set of theme entries included. Main site. PUZ (no main page, form the right date from the URL). Rating: 4

Newsday – as published in a local New York area news paper. A generic crossword puzzle that tends to focus more directly on words and academic topics, featuring themes that tend to focus on those things. This puzzle will focus on slightly more difficult cluing. Main Site. Rating: 2

The Daily Commuter – A common syndicated crossword that focuses on regular words and straight-forward clues with no theme. No online play source, but you will find several random samples upon web search. Rating: 1

Joseph Interactive Crossword – A common 11×13 B-Level syndicated themeless grid with general words and pop culture topics. Site. Rating: 2

USA Today – as published in that news paper. A generic crossword that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. Rating: 2

Thursday

The Los Angeles Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a slightly more complex set of theme entries and more difficult cluing. Main site (ad-filled). Washington Post. PUZ (with account). Rating: 4

The New York Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country five weeks later. Generally known as “Tricky Thursday” this grid tends to offer things that will break the normal conventions of crosswords, such as rebuses (multiple letters or symbols in one square), implied squares, or other things that require discovery in order to solve the puzzle. Main site (requires subscription). Rating: 5

The Wall Street Journal – as published in that news paper when the day is not a holiday. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a more complex set of theme entries included. Main site. PUZ (no main page, form the right date from the URL). Rating: 5

Newsday – as published in a local New York area news paper. A generic crossword puzzle that tends to focus more directly on words and academic topics, featuring themes that tend to focus on those things. This puzzle will focus on slightly more difficult cluing. Main Site. Rating: 3

The Daily Commuter – A common syndicated crossword that focuses on regular words and straight-forward clues with no theme. No online play source, but you will find several random samples upon web search. Rating: 1

Joseph Interactive Crossword – A common 11×13 B-Level syndicated themeless grid with general words and pop culture topics. Site. Rating: 2

USA Today – as published in that news paper. A generic crossword that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. Rating: 2

Brendan Emmett Quigley – This well known constructor places a general themed grid on his web site. This puzzle often involves more cultural references in both the clues and answers. Main site. Rating: 4.

Fireball Crosswords – This puzzle offered by subscription via e-mail offers a variation of themed and unthemed grids either constructed or edited by Peter Gordon. The distinguishing feature of these puzzles is the difficulty – one will definitely be challenged by any of the puzzles offered here. Main site. Rating: 5.

Friday

The Los Angeles Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a slightly more complex set of theme entries and more difficult cluing. Main site (ad-filled). Washington Post. PUZ (with account). Rating: 4

The New York Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country five weeks later. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a themeless setup, larger words, and difficult cluing. Main site (requires subscription). Rating: 5

The Wall Street Journal – as published in that news paper when the day is not a holiday. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture. This puzzle also includes a meta puzzle which is involved in a contest the Wall Street Journal runs that ends on Sunday night. Main site. PUZ (no main page, form the right date from the URL). Rating: 4

Newsday – as published in a local New York area news paper. A generic crossword puzzle that tends to focus more directly on words and academic topics, featuring themes that tend to focus on those things. This puzzle will focus on slightly more difficult cluing. Main Site. Rating: 4

The Daily Commuter – A common syndicated crossword that focuses on regular words and straight-forward clues with no theme. No online play source, but you will find several random samples upon web search. Rating: 1

Joseph Interactive Crossword – A common 11×13 B-Level syndicated themeless grid with general words and pop culture topics. Site. Rating: 2

USA Today – as published in that news paper. A generic crossword that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. Rating: 2

Chronicle of Higher Education – as published in this journal, meant for professors and administrations in higher education weekly during the fall and spring semesters and bi-weekly during the summer. This puzzle involves more academic knowledge and topics, as well as more academic themes and is edited in a more technically correct fashion than the average puzzle in other sources. Main site. Rating: 4

Club 72 – a difficult themeless puzzle offered by Tim Croce. Main Site. Rating: 6.

Saturday

The Los Angeles Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a themeless setup, larger words, and difficult cluing. Main site (ad-filled). Washington Post. PUZ (with account). Rating: 5

The New York Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country five weeks later. A generic crossword puzzle that covers both words and general culture with a themeless setup, larger words, and difficult cluing. Main site (requires subscription). Rating: 6

The Wall Street Journal – as published in that news paper when the day is not a holiday. As opposed to the rest of the puzzles in the week, this one is a 21×21 puzzle as opposed to the 15×15 puzzles offered throughout the week. While larger and more time consuming in general, this puzzle will usually rank out at about a Wednesday difficulty. Main site. PUZ (no main page, form the right date from the URL). Rating: 4

Newsday – as published in a local New York area news paper. This puzzle, known as the “Saturday Stumper” is a themeless puzzle that will often present an incredibly difficult challenge. Main Site. Rating: 6

The Daily Commuter – A common syndicated crossword that focuses on regular words and straight-forward clues with no theme. No online play source, but you will find several random samples upon web search. Rating: 1

Joseph Interactive Crossword – A common 11×13 B-Level syndicated themeless grid with general words and pop culture topics. Site. Rating: 2

USA Today – as published in that news paper. A generic crossword that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. Rating: 2

Sunday

The Los Angeles Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country. As opposed to the rest of the puzzles in the week, this one is a 21×21 puzzle as opposed to the 15×15 puzzles offered throughout the week. While larger and more time consuming in general, this puzzle will usually rank out at about a Friday difficulty. Main site (ad-filled). Washington Post. PUZ (with account). Rating: 5

The New York Times – as published in that news paper and syndicated to numerous other sources across the country one week later. As opposed to the rest of the puzzles in the week, this one is a 21×21 puzzle as opposed to the 15×15 puzzles offered throughout the week. While larger and more time consuming in general, this puzzle will usually rank out at about a Thursday difficulty. Main site (requires subscription). Rating: 5

Newsday – as published in a local New York area news paper. A generic crossword puzzle that tends to focus more directly on words and academic topics, featuring themes that tend to focus on those things. As opposed to the rest of the puzzles in the week, this one is a 21×21 puzzle as opposed to the 15×15 puzzles offered throughout the week. While larger and more time consuming in general, this puzzle will usually rank out at about a Thursday difficulty. Main Site. Rating: 3

USA Today – as published in that news paper. A generic crossword that covers both words and general culture with a simple set of theme entries included. Main site. Rating: 2

Merl Reagle – 21×21 puzzles originally constructed by the deceased Merl Reagle, as syndicated to a number of news papers. Repeats are still syndicated. Main site. Rating: Yet to be determined.

Premier Interactive Crossword – a generic 21×21 syndicated grid written by Frank Longo. Main site. Rating: 3

The Washington Post Sunday Crossword – a generic 21×21 written by Evan Birnholz, which tends to bend the format a bit more and has “younger” references than typical. Site. PUZ (no main page, form the right date from the URL). Rating: Yet to be determined.

Grids These Days – Paolo Pasco posts a variety of different grids, once a week. Main site. Rating: Yet to be Determined.

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