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

  • Hints & Tips May 2024
    Clues and Grid by Komorník Enter the prize draw by 31 May. The background for this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph showing birds perching on telephone wires. In his notes, Graham singled this out as his favourite photograph of this year’s calendar, with the arrangement of the birds on the five wires suggesting notation appropriate to… Read more Hints & Tips May 2024
  • 3D Crossword Solution – April 2024
    Clues by Tramp and Grid by Calluna. A bigger puzzle this month at 9 x 5 x 5 and 38 entries, allowing for more and longer words.  A good mix of thematic content makes this a puzzle we can’t — well, I’m getting ahead of things.
  • Hints & Tips April 2024
    Clues by Tramp and Grid by Calluna Enter the prize draw by 30 April. The background for this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph showing an old-style tram carriage with reversible seats. This puzzle uses a conventional 9x5x5 grid by Calluna and marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one represented in the grid in various… Read more Hints & Tips April 2024