The Listener Crossword

Welcome to the website for the Listener Crossword, the world’s oldest “thematic” crossword puzzle. The puzzle is published each Saturday in The Times (UK) newspaper. It is also available online by subscription to The Times website, along with all of The Times’ crosswords.

The links below are the most commonly used and provide access to all the site, including historical and reference information.

Prize information

Listener crossword winners may request one of the alternative prizes by contacting us either at or at the usual postal address for entries. A prize choice may be indicated on one’s entry submission, in case of a win. The options currently on offer are:

Last updated 12 February 2024: The Chambers Biographical Dictionary, Crossword Lists and Thesaurus are out of stock.

The fee charged by Royal Mail for delivery of a letter with missing or invalid (counterfeit or reused) stamps has doubled to £5.00 per item. The marker will no longer pay such fees and will reject Listener entries with improper postage.