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Times Puzzle

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This product is manufactured to your personal specification. You will be asked to provide the date you require (in the format 'day month year', e.g. 14 September 1984) on our Checkout page.

Only the regular daily editions of The Times are currently available - Bank Holiday dates are not available. To check whether your preferred date falls on a Bank Holiday please click here. Unfortunately we cannot provide a check for bank holidays at this time.

If any date falls on a Bank Holiday you will be automatically given the next date.

Prior to May 3 1966, The Times front covers contained adverts rather than news headlines. Only years 1920 - to present day are available.
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Purchasing unique and inventive presents is easy if you know how (which you obviously do, as you're currently surfing around Firebox). Purchasing unique, inventive and personalised presents is not so easy - and there's no way we're about to start an engraving service.

That's why we've been on the lookout for a highly original gift that's playable and personal. And hold the front page, because we've found one! The Times Puzzle is exactly that - a puzzle of The Times. Or, more precisely, a 400 piece jigsaw puzzle of the front page of The Times. The clever thing is, you choose which date the front page in question comes from.

Times Puzzle Simply send us your required date (be it a birthday, anniversary, whatever) and before you can say 'Top footballer caught in secret love tryst!' we'll dispatch a beautifully made jigsaw puzzle depicting the front page from that day's issue of The Times. Of course the aforementioned salacious headline would never feature in a newspaper of The Times' stature. After all, this highly-regarded daily publication was the first to send special correspondents abroad to follow particular conflicts, and its list of contributors reads like a who's who of literature.

Times Puzzle Each fascinating jigsaw is individually created using high-quality mono reproductions taken from original - and increasingly rare - archive editions dating as far back as 1850! And although we doubt any of you are over 150 years old, maybe you'd like to know what was making the news when your late Uncle Wilf was born; or maybe you're a keen history buff; or maybe you're immortal like that bloke in Highlander - no hang on, that's just silly.

Times Puzzle Personalised pressies don't come much better than this, because piecing together an old (but relevant) front page is just as entertaining as reading it. And receiving a gift as unique as The Times Puzzle shows that it really is the thought that counts. Puzzling times indeed!

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Delivery details:
This product can only be delivered to addresses within the UK.

Please note:
  • Please allow 7-10 working days for delivery
  • Quote date in format 'day month year', e.g. 14 September 1984
  • Bank Holiday editions not available. Other dates subject to availability
  • If any date falls on a Bank Holiday you will be automatically given the next date
  • Measures 48 x 34cm and includes copy of page
  • The Times was not published between 26th March 1955 to 20th April 1955 & 1st December 1978 to 12th November 1979
  • It is not possible to include a personalised message with this gift - we apologise for any inconvenience

Key dates in The Times history
  • 1785 The Times (then The Daily Universal Register) first published
  • 1788 The Daily Universal Register became The Times
  • 1807 First staff foreign correspondent, Henry Crabb Robinson, appointed
  • 1914 First 1d issue with 24 pages appeared and circulation climbed to 166,000. The circulation jumped again to 278,000 in August 1914 on the outbreak of the First World War
  • Time Puzzle

    (8 May 1952)
    An example of of a pre-1966 front page.

  • 1966 News appeared permanently on the front page for the first time on May 3, replacing advertisements. The Times was bought by Lord Thomson
  • 1981 Times newspapers were bought by News International
  • 1986 The Times moved to Wapping
  • 1996 The first internet edition of The Times was published
  • 2002 Robert Thomson appointed editor of The Times
  • 2003 The Times announces on Nov 23rd that it will be launching a compact edition alongside the existing broadsheet. The new compact Times will be sold in London from Wednesday 26 November
  • 2004 The Times announces that from Monday November 1 2004 it will be published in the new compact-only edition six days a week

Terms and Conditions:
Our Times Puzzles are custom-made bespoke to your exact specification. This means we are unable to offer our usual 30-day no quibble money back guarantee if you later change your mind, or otherwise decide to return this product through no fault of Please see Terms and Conditions for full details. This does not affect your statutory rights.