About Our Puzzles
Daily (13x13) - A medium-level crossword
aimed at daily newspaper readers, containing mostly synonyms but with a sprinkling of
general knowledge clues.
Weekly (13x13) - Two
different series. One is a standard quick similar to the daily, the other is quirkier,
containing some mild cryptic-style clues as well as synonyms and factual clues.
Quick (11x11) - A smaller
version of the daily.
Junior (11x11) - Aimed at
young teenagers and pre teens, with language appropriate to their age group.
Two-Level (11x11) - Combines
the quick and junior, giving a set of junior clues down one side of a grid, quick clues
down the other side, and two sets of solutions.
Beginner (7x7) - This series uses basic English and has simple clues for young
children who are starting out on the puzzle trail.
Jumbo - A very popular 26x26 weekly series:
medium level of difficulty, but it will still take a while to work your way through all
Giant - Its a really
big job to work your way through these 26x49 puzzles, which are the big brother of the
Jumbo. The giant can either fill a tabloid or a broadsheet page.
WebWord - This unusual puzzle works from the outside in. There are actually
two puzzles in one. A clue is given for the 10-letter word or words around the outside,
with the answer always being related to entertainment for instance an actor, film,
TV series or musician. Clues are given for the 10 words which run from the outside to the
centre, all finishing in the same letter. Solving the outside gives the start letters for
all the inner words.
American - These have far
fewer black squares than a normal crossword and are more like a mix between a crossword
and word fit. Because many words overlap its possible to finish the entire puzzle
without knowing all the answers.
Mini Cryptic - When there isnt time
for a cryptic, theres still time for this 7x7 puzzle.
Cryptic/Quick Double Crossword
- This 13x13 puzzle has a set of quick clues and a set of cryptic, both fitting the same
15x15 Weekly Cryptic -
Slightly larger than the Monday to Friday crosswords, this one takes a little longer to
AutoWord - Some specialist
knowledge is needed to solve this crossword, which includes clues about long gone cars and
manufacturers, Formula 1, and car parts. Weekly.
Celeb Crossword - Filled with
clues about films, music and TV.
Smallest, Hardest - How can a
crossword be so hard when its only four squares by four squares? Try it and find
out. This tiny puzzle contains some annoyingly obscure words.
Trio - You are given four incomplete words and have to work out which
three-letter sequence will fit in with all of them. Available daily.
- In this maze-like challenge you are given a starting point and have to fit in a list of
words, using every square in the puzzle once. Available weekly .... Want to see the
solution? CLICK HERE
WordBuilder - Deceptively
simple in appearance. How difficult can it be to find all the words of three or more
letters that can be made from a five-letter combination? Answer: harder than you think.
Theres a five-letter and six-letter series. Both available daily.
WordFit - The always popular
WordFit is a jigsaw with words where a given list has to be fitted into a blank grid.
WordSearch - We have
hundreds, on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to pirates to architectural styles and
WordWheel - The wheel contains an eight-letter word, running either clockwise or
anti-clockwise. Fill in the missing letter to complete the word.
Simon Shukers Code-Cracker - The first and best puzzle of its type. New Zealander Simon Shuker
has been making these since the early 1990s. His skilfully crafted puzzles reveal
themselves only gradually, and continue to pose challenges along the way. Available daily.
Puzzled - The little brother of Code-Cracker, with a 7x7 grid instead of
13x13. It may be smaller, but it can still be a big problem as you wrestle to make words
fit. Available weekly.
Double Cross - Work out which letter to delete from each square to make a word
and complete the puzzle. Available daily.
Nineagram - Make two five-letter words out of the nine letters, using one of
the letters twice in the middle square. Available daily.
5x5 - Fill in the blanks to make 10 words five reading across
and five down. Available daily.
Target - The aim is to make as many words as possible, of four or more
letters, using the middle letter in each word. There are three levels to aim for every
day. Available daily.
Triangle - Find the 15-letter word or phrase in the triangle. It can start
anywhere, but uses each letter only once. Available daily.
9 Equals 6
24 - The
answer to this puzzle is always 24: add, subtract, divide or multiply the four given
numbers to come up with that answer. Weekly.
Number Cruncher / Number Fun
- The numeric equivalent of a WordFit, with a list of numbers to be fitted into a grid.
Number Cruncher is an 11x11 puzzle, Number Fun 13x13. Both available daily.
KenKen - Devised by a Japanese mathematics teacher, KenKen uses the
numbers 1-6 and looks like Sudoku but requires arithmetic skills. In each heavily outlined
box (or cage) within the puzzle is an instruction/answer. For instance, if there are two
squares in a cage and the instruction is x20, it means the two numbers
multiply to make 20, and therefore can only be five and four.
Sudoku - The single most
popular puzzle since the crossword was invented. We make puzzles ranging from 6x6 for
children and go up to 15x15. Puzzles can contain numbers, letters spelling out a word, or
Kakuro - Like KenKen this is also a true arithmetic puzzle, using 1-9. Numbers
above or to the left of each set of squares give the total that the squares have to add up
to. Like Sudoku, a number cant be repeated. So if the solution for two squares is
16, the numbers can only be nine and seven. The ability to add accurately is of great help
in this game!
One of The Puzzle Companys specialties
is daily or weekly panels, made up to suit each customer.
These are laid out and proofed by experienced sub-editors, and delivered three to four
weeks ahead of publication date in PDF, EPS or Tif format.
We will place material even if it is not sourced from us, such as cartoon strips.
The files can either be sent directly or placed in a folder on our web server for
download. This cuts out the chance of emailed files going missing!
Puzzle Company has a wide selection aimed at younger puzzle solvers.
Build A Word - This colourful game is a junior version of WordBuilder, but with
an easier range of words for children to find, and three target scores for them to
- This series uses basic English and has simple clues for young children who are starting
out on the puzzle trail.
Junior crossword - Aimed at young teenagers and pre teens, with language appropriate
to their age group.
Magic Square - Young mathematicians have to work out which numbers will complete
the square and see all the lines across, down and diagonally add up to a
Snakes & Ladders - Two puzzles in one: first work out which set of letters on one
ladder will join on to letters on the second ladder to create a word. Then work out two
anagrams: one made up from five red letters, one from five green letters.
Spot the Difference - Mrcela Mladens bright and busy pictures will test your eye
for detail. There are 10 small differences between each pair of apparently identical
images. Can you find them all?
Sudoku - Instead of the usual 9x9 format this puzzle is only 6x6, making
it easier for children to master this level before moving on to the bigger puzzles.
Mazes - We have a variety of mazes: small, big, bigger in traditional square or
rectangular shapes, and mazes that are shaped into animals, people, and objects!