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.

August 2022 puzzle page
August 2022

by Sirius

Solved it? Enter the prize draw by 31August.

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

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

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.

2020 3D Crosswords World Championship Qualification

November Extra 2020 puzzle grid

Entry Requirements The entry requirements for the 2020 3D Crosswords World Championship are as follows: The November Extra/Tie-break puzzle must be solved correctly, with the solution submitted by the given deadline of January 15 2021. Two written clues must also be submitted by the same deadline, these being clues for the highlighted word and phrase… Read more 2020 3D Crosswords World Championship Qualification

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