2023 puzzles

Cover of the 2024 3D Crossword Calendar

2024 3D Crossword Calendar

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Each 2023 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 usually in the last week of each month. Subscribe to the Hints & Tips newsletter to receive them by email.

2023 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 2023 3D Crosswords World Championship. If you have been entering the monthly competitions, you can check your progress towards the tie-break qualification.

July Extra 2023 puzzle page
July Extra 2023

by Curmudgeon and Bozzy

View July Extra solution

November Extra 2023 grid page
November Extra 2023

by Komorník

Tie-break puzzle — no Hints & Tips!

Solved it? Enter the prize draw by 15 January 2024.

Cover of the 2024 3D Crossword Calendar
2024 3D Crossword Calendar

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2022 puzzles

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. If you have been entering the monthly competitions, you can check your progress towards the tie-break qualification.

2022 Puzzle of the Year

You are invited to vote for your favourite puzzle of the year from the 12 puzzles featured in the Calendar plus the November 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.

3D Crossword Solution – April 2021

April 2021 puzzle page

Clues and Grid by Puck. The winner of the April puzzle was Sheila Brain of Exmouth. With this puzzle Puck was the winner of the 2019 RPM Trophy (3D’s end of year competition for 3D crossword designers) so I’ve very much been looking forward to solving it.

Hints & Tips April 2021

April 2021 puzzle page

Clues and Grid by Puck The background for this puzzle is a Bernard Spragg photograph showing a gear mechanism connecting two shafts at right angles. This grid by Puck won the 2019 RPM Trophy. The puzzle marks a notable anniversary of religious significance. The event in question has an apparently revolting name which rarely fails… Read more Hints & Tips April 2021

Results of the 2020 3D Crosswords World Championship clue writing competition

November Extra 2020 puzzle grid

The Instructions The November Extra puzzle is also the Tie-break Puzzle for the 2020 3D Crosswords World Championship. To qualify for the World Championship, solvers must have successfully solved at least 12 of the 2020 puzzles (which may include the August Extra). This Tie-break puzzle must be correctly solved in order to win the World… Read more Results of the 2020 3D Crosswords World Championship clue writing competition