Tonight's opening edition sees the Cruciverbalists
take on the Ortographobes in a battle against each another and the clock.
To celebrate the puzzle's centenary, fans - who are known as cruciverbalists
- met in the Belvedere pub off Falkner Street, Liverpool, to compile a special centenary Merseyside cryptic crossword which appears below.
Both are addictions, but alcholics at least get to go to meetings, while cruciverbalists tend to stay home and suffer in silence.
Both of them raise a small irritation for longtime cruciverbalists like me.
I half expected the word to be curmudgeon, geezer, skinflint or something of the ilk, but no, it was - get this - cruciverbalist.
The pom's rubylike arils (seed casings) are a familiar friend to cruciverbalists
like Seattle's Jim Horne, who writes the Wordplay blog for The New York Times.
will be aiming for a cash prize of pounds 2,500 at the national final in the Royal Opera House in London on September 3.
get down sometimes when they get their meaning across.
FOR true crossword fans - or cruciverbalists to give them their proper name - little beats the sheer pleasure of filling in that final, difficult clue.
The high proportion of graduates in the town may have something to do with it, though by no means all successful cruciverbalists have an academic background.