Hints & Tips May 2022

May 2022 puzzle page

Clues by Nutmeg and Grid by Bozzy The background to this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph of several large spools of thread, possibly for an old loom. The Grid by Bozzy is a conventional 7x5x5 grid marking the 15th anniversary of the launch of a website for the person who 27, 32s or employs… Read more Hints & Tips May 2022

2022 puzzles

Happy New Year solvers!

Each 2022 3D crossword puzzle will be published below by the beginning of the month. 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 & Tips: If you need helping cracking that last clue, or even getting started, hints and tips for regular puzzles will be published in the second half of each month. Subscribe to the Hints & Tips newsletter to receive them by email.

2022 3D Crosswords World Championship: 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 2022 3D Crosswords World Championship.

July 2022 puzzle page
July 2022

by Soup

Solved it? Enter the prize draw by 31 July.

August 2022 puzzle page
August 2022

by Sirius

September 2022

by Imogen and Patch

October 2022 puzzle page
October 2022

by Vlad and Aramis

November 2022 grid page
November 2022

by Shark

December 2022 puzzle page
December 2022

by Pickles and Gin

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

2015 Puzzles

MonthSetter / DesignerDownload
JANRufus / SiriusJAN puzzle
JAN solution
FEBEveryman / LinxitFEB puzzle
FEB solution
MAREnigmatist / 45MAR puzzle
MAR solution
MAR ExtraSiriusMAR Extra puzzle
APRTramp / 45APR puzzle
APR solution
MAYCurmudgeon / ChaliceaMAY puzzle
MAY solution
JUNPasquale / BozzyJUN puzzle
JUN solution
JUN ExtraSiriusJUN Extra puzzle
JULSiriusJUL puzzle
JUL solution
AUGSamuel / ChaliceaAUG puzzle
AUG solution
SEPNutmeg / AramisSEP puzzle
SEP solution
SEP ExtraMalteser / Sirius?SEP Extra puzzle
OCTAnax / AramisOCT puzzle
OCT solution
NOVRaich / PhilostrateNOV puzzle
NOV solution
DECPuck / ObertoDEC puzzle
DEC solution
DEC ExtraSiriusDEC Extra puzzle
DEC Extra solution

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