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.
CROSSWORDS 

Daily (13x13)  A mediumlevel crossword
aimed at daily newspaper readers, containing mostly synonyms but with a sprinkling of
general knowledge clues.
Daily Alternative (13x13)  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 crypticstyle 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.
TwoLevel (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.
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?
WebWord  This unusual puzzle works from the outside in. There are actually
two puzzles in one. A clue is given for the 10letter 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  You are given four incomplete words and have to work out which
threeletter sequence will fit in with all of them. Available daily.
WordTrail
 In this mazelike 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 fiveletter combination? Answer: harder than you think.
There’s a fiveletter and sixletter 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  The wheel contains an eightletter word, running either clockwise or
anticlockwise. Fill in the missing letter to complete the word.
Simon Shuker’s CodeCracker  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 CodeCracker, 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 fiveletter 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 15letter word or phrase in the triangle. It can start
anywhere, but uses each letter only once. Available daily.
9 Equals 6
AlphaGrams
Anacross
Black Out 
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NUMBER PUZZLES 

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 16 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.
Kakuro  Like KenKen this is also a true arithmetic puzzle, using 19. 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  Can you solve this arithmetic test, in which the symbols represent
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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 subeditors, 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 


MAZES 


CARTOONS 

The Puzzle Company has a wide selection of cartoons.

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LOGIC PUZZLES 


SUDOKU PUZZLES 

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.
Twin  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.
Triplet  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  four 9x9 puzzles are put together, but with the middle rows
(horizontal and vertical) shared between the puzzles.
High Five  this is made up of five 9x9 puzzles, four of them overlapping
with a central puzzle.
15x15  if fitting in the numbers 19 isn’t enough of a challenge,
try this bigger version which uses 115.
Junior
 a smaller version for beginners, using only 16.
Word  change numbers for letters and you’ve got Sudoku word.
You’re given a 9letter word and have to fit all the letters into each 3x3 box. In
this example the word is Edinburgh.
Giant  this combines the numbers 19 with a sevenletter word, with all the
numbers and letters having to be fitted into each 16x16 square. 
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CHESS, BRIDGE AND POKER 

Find the winning moves  test your
tactical ability on these three positions. They are presented in terms of the
solver’s target rating strength.
Chess challenge  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
 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  the chips are down at the poker table. What can you make out of the hand
that’s been dealt? 
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HOROSCOPES 

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

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QUIZZES 

Weekly  an excellent 10question 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  can you work out what the link is between the answers to this set of
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