Clues by Enigmatist and Grid by etc Theme: M. C. Escher The winner of the March puzzle is Kevin McDermid of Newcastle upon Tyne. Review of the March 2022 3D crossword We were told that this puzzle marks the 50th anniversary of the death of X; solutions to nine clues are the names of X’s… Read more 3D Crossword Solution – March 2022
Clues by Enigmatist and Grid by etc The background to this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph of a stone staircase climbing up the outside of a building, but we cannot see where the staircase leads. This puzzle marks the 50th anniversary of the death of X, a graphic artist. Solutions to nine clues are… Read more Hints & Tips March 2022
Clues by Enigmatist and Grid by etc Theme: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, published on 27 December 1871. The winner of the December puzzle is Rachel Sheldon of Bracknell. Review of the December 2021 3D crossword We were told that this puzzle marks a 150th anniversary and features a main theme and a related… Read more 3D Crossword Solution – December 2021
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.
by Boatman and Jolt
by Imogen and Patch
by Vlad and Aramis
by Pickles and Gin
Clues by Enigmatist and Grid by etc The background for this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph of the sky over a landscape reflected in a circular mirror. This puzzle marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the main theme and the puzzle also has as a subtheme an activity that is referenced throughout the… Read more Hints & Tips December 2021
The Instructions The task is to design a 3D Grid suitable for inclusion in the 2022 3D Calendar Puzzles publication. The RPM is in memory of Ray Parry-Morris, who designed many successful 3D grids. Anyone may enter. The Results There were 5 entries for this year’s competition. The submissions were initially marked and graded by… Read more Results of the 2020 RPM Trophy 3D Grid Design Competition
Clues by Enigmatist and Grid by etc. The winner of the December puzzle was Jack Nichols of South Korea. The rubric said ‘Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the 40, who is unclued but appears in the grid as 13ba, 10d, 42ac-2.
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.
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.
Clues by Enigmatist and Grid by etc The background for this puzzle is a Graham Fox photograph showing a beautiful sunset with a crescent moon casting a little moonlight. As creators of this grid, celebrating a 250th anniversary, we were delighted to see the final form of this puzzle. Enigmatist has orchestrated a mellifluous composition… Read more Hints & Tips December 2020
|Month||Setter / Designer||Download|
|JAN||Arachne / Gin||JAN solution|
|FEB||Vlad / Bozzy||FEB puzzle
|MAR||Shark / Chalicea||MAR puzzle
|MAR Extra||Ecologue / Logogriph||MAR Extra puzzle|
|APR||Enigmatist / Pickles||APR puzzle
|MAY||Pasquale / Philostrate||MAY puzzle
|MAY Extra||Bozzius / Bozzy||MAY Extra puzzle|
|JUN||Anax / Pickles||JUN puzzle
|JUN Extra||Pickles||JUN Extra jigsaw puzzle
JUN Extra directed puzzle
|JUL||Nutmeg / Aramis||JUL puzzle
|AUG||Tramp / etc||AUG puzzle
|SEP Extra||Encota||SEP Extra puzzle & solution|
|OCT||Ecologue / Logogriph||OCT puzzle
|DEC||Puck / Bozzy||DEC puzzle
|DEC Extra||Sirius||DEC Extra puzzle
DEC Extra solution