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, 3D Calendar Puzzles take 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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  • Hints & Tips November 2020
    Clues by Nutmeg and Grid by Mang The background for this puzzle is a deep blue Graham Fox photograph which appears to be a close-up of a flower. A Seven Dials grid is used and there are 49 clues. There is a theme that is literally out of this world: the 8 bold edged cells… Read more Hints & Tips November 2020
  • How to solve cryptic clues
    This is a general introduction. It covers briefly the most common types of cryptic clues and looks at how to recognise a clue type and solve them, as well as how you might design one yourself. Setting clues can be just as much fun as solving them and will illuminate the solving process. A useful… Read more How to solve cryptic clues
  • Hints & Tips October 2020
    Clues by Qaos and Grid by Max Liversidge The background for this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph of two empty glasses with blue and red straws. This has a general theme relating to Day 27 (10ac) and several of the other clues reference this. As a final task, solvers are invited to find a… Read more Hints & Tips October 2020