About Our Puzzles

We can make custom versions of puzzles to tie in with a theme, special event or that include an advertiser’s name or products. Email us some details about the occasion and we’ll give you some suggestions about what’s possible.


Daily (13x13) - A medium-level crossword aimed at daily newspaper readers, containing mostly synonyms but with a sprinkling of general knowledge clues.

Daily Alternative (13x13) Show Me - This is a slightly easier 13x13, with fewer black squares than a standard crossword and more chance of being able to work out what the answers are.

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.

New Zealand (13x13) - This weekly puzzle is a mixture of a standard quick crossword and a general knowledge crossword, containing clues about New Zealand people, places, events and Maori language.

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)
Show Me - 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.

General Knowledge - We make two sizes, both packed with questions about who, what, where, why and when. There’s a 13x13 and a 15x15 – the latter includes some New Zealand content. There's also a special giant general knowledge (26x49) for occasional use, aimed at holidaymakers with time on their hands.

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.

Bumper New Zealand - Same size as the Giant, but New Zealand content included. Where was New Zealand’s first game of rugby played in 1870? What was discovered in Fiordland 50 years after it was thought to have become extinct? Which back has played most games for the All Blacks?

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.



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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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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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.

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.

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!

Number Play Show Me - Can you solve this arithmetic test, in which the symbols represent figures?



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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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?

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.



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!

Shaped Mazes
Show Me Show Me Show Me Show Me Show Me - if it’s got a shape then it can be turned into a maze whether it’s an animal, object or person!

Minute Maze Show Me - a small but still challenging daily puzzle.

Mighty Maze
Show Me - double the size of Minute Maze, double the chance of going wrong.

Labyrinth Challenge
Show Me - roughly four times bigger than Minute Maze – and it will definitely take more than a minute to find your way through it!

Yonatan Frimer mazes
Show Me Show Me - these really are amazing! Works of art turned into mazes for art lovers!



The Puzzle Company has a wide selection of cartoons.

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The Puzzle Company has a wide selection of logic puzzles.

Brainies Show Me  Show Me - A series of number and letter puzzles.

Brain Train
Show Me - Load the words, reading down, onto each carriage so that four seven-letter words appear reading across.

Cracking The Safe
Show Me - Solve the six-digit code in order to crack open the safe. You are given five clues, in which the letters can be any number between 0 and 6.

Dial Up
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Duelling Dimensions
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Honeycomb Logic
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Show Me - In which order, from top to bottom, would you pick up the Mikado sticks so as not to move any of the others?

Mindbender Show Me - A series of challenges involving letters, words and numbers.

More or Less Show Me - Insert the numbers one to seven in each row and each column, taking care that no number is repeated in a particular row. Use the “greater than” and “less than” symbols to guide you. A tip to get you started: look for chains of boxes linked by greater than signs.

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Sudoku is the most popular puzzle to appear in the hundred years since the crossword made its debut. The puzzle is usually a 9x9 but there are many different levels of difficulty possible, and quite a few variations, as shown below.

Show Me - it’s the same as a standard 9x9, except a 3x3 box is shared between the puzzles and needs to be completed to work with each of them.

Show Me - this is a 3D puzzle, with three separate Sudoku on different faces of a cube, all sharing a 3x3 box which is outlined in red. The numbers on the outlined square are the same on all three sides.

Four of a kind
Show Me - four 9x9 puzzles are put together, but with the middle rows (horizontal and vertical) shared between the puzzles.

High Five
Show Me - this is made up of five 9x9 puzzles, four of them overlapping with a central puzzle.

Show Me - if fitting in the numbers 1-9 isn’t enough of a challenge, try this bigger version which uses 1-15.

Show Me - a smaller version for beginners, using only 1-6.

Show Me - change numbers for letters and you’ve got Sudoku word. You’re given a 9-letter word and have to fit all the letters into each 3x3 box. In this example the word is Edinburgh.

Show Me - this combines the numbers 1-9 with a seven-letter word, with all the numbers and letters having to be fitted into each 16x16 square.



Find the winning moves Show Me - test your tactical ability on these three positions. They are presented in terms of the solver’s target rating strength.

Chess challenge
Show Me - can you place a queen, a bishop, a knight and a rook on this chessboard so that the red squares are attacked by exactly two pieces, the green ones by three pieces and the orange ones by four pieces?

Chess problems by Leonard Barden
Show Me - the British writer and player shows a situation from a past match and tells readers about players and the background to matches. This board is from Ewfim Geller v Andrija Fuderer, Gothenburg, 1955. Black looks on top with threats of Bxc6, Nxd1 and Nxh6, but Geller found a brilliant win. Can you also find it?

David Bird’s bridge column - the English grandmaster deals the cards and puts you at the table, going through how a game might play out, and setting a bidding problem.

Pokergrams Show Me - the chips are down at the poker table. What can you make out of the hand that’s been dealt?



Daily, weekly, monthly and annual horoscopes – we’ve got them all. There’s also an extended Chinese New Year horoscope.




Weekly - an excellent 10-question quiz covering a wide range including history, geography, New Zealand, sport, arts, literature and entertainment.

Same letter - cthe answers to these 10 questions all start with the same letter. You just need to find out what it is.

Children’s - these are set at a suitable level for young teenagers and below, with a few less than serious questions included (Where does a king keep his armies? Up his sleevies).

Common Answer
Show Me - can you work out what the link is between the answers to this set of questions?


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