3D Crossword Solution – November 2023

November 2023 grid page

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.

3D Crossword Solution – October 2023

October 2023 grid page

Clues and Grid by Shark. The mezzanine floor lives (thanks to Shark and his little grey cells)! I have always thought that we could do more with our interstitial levels — anagrams, Ninas, patterns — and this month Shark has filled them — with words. He has also taken us deep into the realm of highly successful popular culture

3D Crossword Solution – September 2023

September 2023 grid page

Clues by Imogen and Grid by Gin. Between the Scylla of what looks to be a monstrous construction by Shark for October and the Charybdian vortex of Sirius’s force-field we find… a normal puzzle, by Imogen and Gin. However, Imogen can be a most proficiently awkward concealer of what he really means, and Gin’s grids always present their themes in ingenious ways. 

3D Crossword Solution – August 2023

August 2023 grid page

Clues and Grid by Sirius. The winner of the August puzzle is Sheila Brain of Devon. “How does he do it?” the shouts go up, almost unanimously (Mrs Reviewer might say “Why does he do it” but let’s just say we’re very glad he does). To make a grid and clues out of a landmark piece of social history

3D Crossword Solution – June 2023

June 2023 grid page

Clues by Tramp and Grid by Rikki. The winner of the June puzzle is Steve Trollope of South Australia. I must start with the top left of the calendar page, and the remarkable additional clue which Graham Fox—or Rikki, or Jolt?—included in the background picture! Well—to quote the song—whoever it was, I’m a fan.

3D Crossword Solution – May 2023

May 2023 grid page

Clues by Nutmeg and Grid by Mang. The winner of the May puzzle is Robin Stephenson of London. If a few setters are perhaps justly feared, and if we (speaking both as solver and setter) stand in awe of more than a few, then let it be stated here that Nutmeg is unequivocally loved.

3D Crossword Solution – April 2023

April 2023 grid page

Clues by Boatman and Grid by Calluna. Boatman is one of our most consistently original (and difficult) setters. His First Fifty book is my companion whenever I have a compulsory wait somewhere, and when his second book comes out, it will be just as recommendable. Here the letters missing from wordplay guaranteed some head-scratching…