SMH, The Age shuts down online crosswords (update)

Fairfax Digital closes popular online puzzles

For more than seven years, crossword lovers have enjoyed the intellectual challenge of online puzzles on the Sydney Morning Herald and Age Web sites. No more, however, as Fairfax Digital has shut down its online crossword and puzzle service.

The service ceased on Monday, August 31.

“We first started our online crossword and puzzle service way back in April 2002,” the notice reads. “Since then we have published online over 4000 crosswords and over 2000 target puzzles.”

Fairfax will continue to publish its quick and cryptic crosswords and the target puzzle within the daily editions of its papers, but will no longer publish the solutions online.

The online crosswords have even garnered a celebrity following over the years, with the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean, including Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom, downloading the puzzles in between filming.

In their place, Fairfax is offering a links to a range of free internet crosswords, including The UK Guardian's Quick Crossword and Cryptic Crossword and general crosswords from the NY Times, LA Times, USA Today and the UK's Daily Mirror.

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