Dr. Kathryn Friedlander and Dr Philip Fine at the University of Buckingham are investigating the cognitive skills, motivation and development of expertise in the domain of cryptic crossword solving.
In 2010/11 we invited a number of crossword solvers to participate in recorded trials, during which they solved a cryptic crossword while commenting on their progress out loud. This crossword has now been published in the Independent newspaper as 'Cryptic Crossword #7385 by Phi'.
In order to gain a richer understanding of the particular dynamics of this puzzle, we are inviting comments on it from solvers who tackled the published version on or shortly after 25th November 2011.
What the survey involves:
You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about the crossword and your own level of crossword solving expertise.
Should you wish to stop taking part in the study at any time, you may exit the questionnaire.