Hints & Tips March 2021

March 2021 puzzle page

Clues by Arachne and Grid by Patch The background for this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph showing a harbour-side café. The tables sit deserted under an awning as rain teems down. Patch’s grid relates not to an anniversary, but to a thematic phrase, which must be deduced. There are five undefined thematic solutions: a… Read more Hints & Tips March 2021

2021 puzzles

Happy New Year solvers! The 2021 3D crossword puzzles will be made available progressively throughout the year. The deadline to enter the prize draw for regular monthly puzzles will be the last day of that month. Extra puzzles will be added from time to time and will have later, mid-month deadlines.

Hints and tips for each puzzle will be published sometime in the middle of each month. Subscribe to the Hints & Tips newsletter to receive them by email.

Solvers who buy the calendar and correctly solve 12 puzzles by the due date each month will be eligible to enter our annual tie-break competition for the 2021 3D Crosswords World Championship. If you have been entering the monthly competitions, you can check your progress towards the tie-break qualification.

grid design in progress
April Extra 2021

by you

April Extra instructions

Deadline for entries: 31 May

June 2021 puzzle page
June 2021

by Imogen and Max Liversidge

June Hints & Tips

View June solution

2021 Puzzle of the Year

You are invited to vote for your favourite puzzle of the year from the 13 puzzles featured in the Calendar (the extra puzzle was Sirius and Enigmatist’s tribute to Araucaria) plus the August extra puzzle.

You are allowed to allocate a total of 3 votes. All 3 may be allocated to one puzzle, or two votes to one puzzle and a single vote to a second puzzle, or one vote each to three puzzles.

All our solvers and contributors are encouraged to vote. The only rule is that setters and designers don’t vote for their own creations, magnificent as these might be.

2012 Puzzles

MonthSetter / DesignerDownload
JANRufus / SiriusJAN puzzle
JAN solution
FEBEveryman / 45FEB puzzle
FEB solution
MARCurmudgeonMAR puzzle
MAR solution
APRArachne / BozzyAPR puzzle
APR solution
APR ExtraSiriusAPR Extra puzzle & solution
MAYLocum / BozzyMAY puzzle
MAY solution
JUNLavatchJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JUN ExtraSiriusJUN Extra puzzle
JULPasquale / SiriusJUL puzzle
JUL solution
AUGColumba / SiriusAUG puzzle
AUG solution
AUG ExtraSiriusAUG Extra puzzle
SEPAnax / SiriusSEP puzzle
SEP solution
OCTEnigmatist / 45OCT puzzle
OCT solution
NOVTyrus / SiriusNOV puzzle
NOV solution
DECSiriusDEC puzzle

2013 Puzzles

MonthSetter / DesignerDownload
JANRufus / AramisJAN puzzle
JAN solution
FEBEveryman / BozzyFEB puzzle
FEB solution
MAREnigmatist / 45MAR puzzle
MAR solution
APRArachne / Marianne CantleyAPR puzzle
APR solution
MAYCurmudgeon / Curmudgeon?MAY puzzle
MAY solution
JUNTramp / SiriusJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JULPasquale / TrailmanJUL puzzle
JUL solution
AUGColumba / LinxitAUG puzzle
AUG solution
SEPPuck / PhilostrateSEP puzzle
SEP solution
OCTTyrus / ObertoOCT puzzle
OCT solution
OCT ExtraSiriusOCT Extra puzzle
OCT Extra (Directed) puzzle
OCT Extra solution
NOVAnax / SiriusNOV puzzle
NOV solution
NOV ExtraOgre / Sirius?NOV Extra puzzle
NOV Extra solution
DECSiriusDEC puzzle
DEC solution

2014 Puzzles

MonthSetter / DesignerDownload
JANRufus / PeggyJAN puzzle
JAN solution
FEBEveryman / SiriusFEB puzzle
FEB solution
MARNutmeg / AramisMAR puzzle
MAR solution
APRCurmudgeonAPR puzzle
APR solution
MAYArachne / TrailmanMAY puzzle
MAY solution
JUNColumba / ObertoJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JULAramis / PasqualeJUL puzzle
JUL solution
AUGEnigmatist / 45AUG puzzle
AUG solution
SEPPuck / OgreSEP puzzle
SEP solution
OCTAnax / ChaliceaOCT puzzle
OCT solution
NOVSamuel / ChaliceaNOV puzzle
NOV solution
DECSiriusDEC puzzle

2016 Puzzles

MonthSetter / DesignerDownload
JANSamuel / 45JAN puzzle
JAN solution
JAN ExtraCurmudgeon / Sirius?JAN Extra puzzle
JAN Extra solution
FEBArachne / ObertoFEB puzzle
FEB solution
MARNutmeg / MangMAR puzzle
MAR solution
APRPasquale / AramisAPR puzzle
APR solution
APR ExtraIfor / PhilostrateAPR Extra puzzle
APR Extra solution
MAYLogogriphMAY puzzle
MAY solution
JUNImogen / BozzyJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JULTrailmanJUL puzzle
JUL solution
JUL ExtraSiriusJUL Extra puzzle
JUL Extra solution
AUGEnigmatist / 45AUG puzzle
AUG solution
SEPSiriusSEP puzzle
SEP solution
OCTCurmudgeonOCT puzzle
OCT solution
OCT ExtraSiriusOCT Extra puzzle
NOVBics / ChaliceaNOV puzzle
NOV solution
DECPuck / SiriusDEC puzzle
DEC ExtraAugeasDEC Extra puzzle
DEC Extra solution

2017 Puzzles

MonthSetter / DesignerDownload
JANArachne / BozzyJAN puzzle
JAN solution
FEBSharkFEB puzzle
FEB solution
MARSiriusMAR puzzle
MAR solution
MAR ExtraPuck / SiriusMAR Extra puzzle
MAR Extra solution
APRNutmeg / ElijahAPR puzzle
APR solution
MAYRufus / SiriusMAY puzzle
MAY solution
JUNCurmudgeonJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JUN ExtraPicklesJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JULEclogue / LogogriphJUL puzzle
JUL solution
AUGPicaroon / PhilostrateAUG puzzle
AUG solution
AUG ExtraEnigmatistAUG Extra puzzle
AUG Extra solution
SEPPuck / AramisSEP puzzle
SEP solution
SEP ExtraSirius / GinSEP Extra puzzle
SEP Extra solution
OCTPasquale / AramisOCT puzzle
OCT solution
NOVAnax / ObertoNOV puzzle
NOV solution
DECEnigmatist / 45DEC puzzle
DEC solution

2018 Puzzles

MonthSetter / DesignerDownload
JANArachne / GinJAN solution
FEBVlad / BozzyFEB puzzle
FEB solution
MARShark / ChaliceaMAR puzzle
MAR solution
MAR ExtraEcologue / LogogriphMAR Extra puzzle
APREnigmatist / PicklesAPR puzzle
APR solution
MAYPasquale / PhilostrateMAY puzzle
MAY solution
MAY ExtraBozzius / BozzyMAY Extra puzzle
JUNAnax / PicklesJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JUN ExtraPicklesJUN Extra jigsaw puzzle
JUN Extra directed puzzle
JULNutmeg / AramisJUL puzzle
JUL solution
AUGTramp / etcAUG puzzle
AUG solution
SEPSiriusSEP puzzle
SEP solution
SEP ExtraEncotaSEP Extra puzzle & solution
OCTEcologue / LogogriphOCT puzzle
OCT solution
NOVCurmudgeonNOV puzzle
NOV solution
DECPuck / BozzyDEC puzzle
DEC solution
DEC ExtraSiriusDEC Extra puzzle
DEC Extra solution

2019 Puzzles

MonthSetter / DesignerDownload
JANArachne / PatchJAN puzzle
JAN solution
FEBNutmeg / JoltFEB puzzle
FEB solution
MARVlad / GinMAR puzzle
MAR solution
MAR ExtraPuck / BanterMAR Extra puzzle & solution
APRPasquale / MangAPR puzzle
APR solution
MAYCurmudgeonMAY puzzle
MAY solution
JUNEclogue / LogogriphJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JULQaosJUL puzzle
JUL solution
JUL ExtraSiriusJUL Extra puzzle
JUL Extra solution
AUGSiriusAUG puzzle
AUG solution
SEPSharkSEP puzzle
SEP solution
OCTEnigmatist / BozzyOCT puzzle
OCT solution
NOVAnax / etcNOV puzzle
NOV solution
DECPuck / AramisDEC puzzle
DEC solution