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CROSSWORDS

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)
Show Me - 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 those clues.

Giant - It’s 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
Show Me - 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 it’s possible to finish the entire puzzle without knowing all the answers.

Mini Cryptic - When there isn’t time for a cryptic, there’s 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 grid.

15x15 Weekly Cryptic - Slightly larger than the Monday to Friday crosswords, this one takes a little longer to solve.

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 it’s only four squares by four squares? Try it and find out. This tiny puzzle contains some annoyingly obscure words.

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WORD PUZZLES

Trio Show Me - You are given four incomplete words and have to work out which three-letter sequence will fit in with all of them. Available daily.

WordTrail Show Me - 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. There’s 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. Available daily.

WordSearch - We have hundreds, on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to pirates to architectural styles and children’s films.

WordWheel
Show Me - The wheel contains an eight-letter word, running either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Fill in the missing letter to complete the word.

Simon Shuker’s Code-Cracker Show Me - 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
Show Me - 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
Show Me - Work out which letter to delete from each square to make a word and complete the puzzle. Available daily.

Nineagram
Show Me - Make two five-letter words out of the nine letters, using one of the letters twice in the middle square. Available daily.

5x5
Show Me - Fill in the blanks to make 10 words – five reading across and five down. Available daily.

Target
Show Me - 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
Show Me - Find the 15-letter word or phrase in the triangle. It can start anywhere, but uses each letter only once. Available daily.

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NUMBER PUZZLES

24 Show Me - 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
Show Me - 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
Show Me - 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 a mixture.

Kakuro
Show Me - 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 can’t 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!

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CUSTOM PANELS

One of The Puzzle Company’s 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!

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KIDS' PUZZLES

The Puzzle Company has a wide selection aimed at younger puzzle solvers.

Build A Word
Show Me - 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 achieve.

Beginner’s crossword
Show Me - This series uses basic English and has simple clues for young children who are starting out on the puzzle trail.

Junior crossword
Show Me - Aimed at young teenagers and pre teens, with language appropriate to their age group.

Magic Square
Show Me - 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 given number.

Snakes & Ladders
Show Me - 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
Show Me - Mrcela Mladen’s 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
Show Me - 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
Show Me - 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!

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