New Scientist Crosswords

Welcome to our new crossword site.

You can now tackle all our crosswords online in our mobile-friendly digital format, which lets you check your answers, keep a score and play with friends.

We publish a new crossword every Thursday, alternating between quick and cryptic.

Subscribers can access the full archive of crosswords. For non-subscribers, one cryptic crossword and one quick crossword are free to play to give you a taste of what our puzzles have to offer.

If you're new to cryptic crosswords and want to learn how to tackle them read our guide for beginners .

And if you have questions, email us at

Happy puzzling!


Quick crossword #71: Measure of a rocket's efficiency (4,5)

Richard Smyth - 19 November 2020

Cryptic crossword #44: Goon vocally bashed geophysical research (11)

Wingding - 12 November 2020

Quick crossword #70: Toxin produced in castor oil seeds (5)

Richard Smyth - 5 November 2020

Cryptic crossword #43: Tyrant posted in a deranged fashion (6)

Rasa - 29 October 2020

Quick crossword #69: Spotted cat of South America (6)

Richard Smyth - 22 October 2020

Cryptic crossword #42: I eat under Jupiter's moon (6)

Wingding - 15 October 2020


Puzzle #86: How many yams do three shipwrecked sailors end up with?

Puzzle #84: Squarebot

Puzzle #85: Chopping Board

Puzzle #83: Albatross

Puzzle #82: Dogmandoo

Puzzle #81: What's the longest it could take Tom to cross the bridge?