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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  • 3D Crossword Solution – April 2021
    Clues and Grid by Puck. The winner of the April puzzle was Sheila Brain of Exmouth. With this puzzle Puck was the winner of the 2019 RPM Trophy (3D’s end of year competition for 3D crossword designers) so I’ve very much been looking forward to solving it.
  • Hints & Tips April 2021
    Clues and Grid by Puck The background for this puzzle is a Bernard Spragg photograph showing a gear mechanism connecting two shafts at right angles. This grid by Puck won the 2019 RPM Trophy. The puzzle marks a notable anniversary of religious significance. The event in question has an apparently revolting name which rarely fails… Read more Hints & Tips April 2021
  • April Extra 2021 – Grid Design
    Because Extras are exactly what they say they are, the 3D Team likes to experiment with all things relating to the creation of crosswords and so, this month, we are asking you to step out of your normal solving zone and have a play with creating a grid. This will give you a really good… Read more April Extra 2021 – Grid Design