Welcome to the world of 3D cryptic crosswords

A puzzle for every month, a clue for every day. For lovers of wordplay who like a challenge, the 3D Crossword Calendar takes cryptic crosswords to a whole new level – literally, of course!

Try your skill against some of the best cryptic crossword setters in the UK. Solve this month’s puzzle by the end of the month and go in the draw to win a prize. Buy the calendar and solve 12 puzzles correctly throughout the year to enter our annual tie-break challenge for the coveted title of 3D Crossword World Champion. Fancy your hand at designing a 3D crossword grid yourself? Be our guest and enter the annual RPM Trophy competition.

By purchasing the full calendar, you will also be contributing to our mission to help youngsters in need, with all proceeds going to BBC Children in Need and the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

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Latest updates

  • 3D Crossword Solution – November 2023
    Clues and Grid by Soup. Someone will correct me if wrong, but this is the first Alphabetical Jigsaw (AJ) which I recall seeing in the 3D Calendar. I enjoy them very much: they present a different sort of challenge, while obviously offering crucial help, in that one knows — more or less — the initial letter of each item.
  • Hints & Tips November 2023
    Clues and Grid by Soup Enter the prize draw by 30 November. The background for this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph showing a meal of alphabetti spaghetti on toast. This puzzle uses a modified 7x5x5 grid by Soup in which the central 7-letter entries have been extended to 9 letters. Clues are given in… Read more Hints & Tips November 2023
  • 2023 World Championship & RPM Trophy Competitions
    Now is the time for you to start preparing your entries for the 2023 World Championship and the RPM Trophy. We are a small team and are always looking for grids for the Calendar Puzzles and the Extra Puzzles, which is why both challenges require the design of a 3D grid, or indeed, if you… Read more 2023 World Championship & RPM Trophy Competitions