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13 issues in 2014
96 pages
Page size:
185x255mm (7.3"x10")
Cover price:
2.50 (GBP)
Currently on sale:
Issue 457
Next issue on sale:
21 May 2014
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Q Word Search

The ultimate puzzle book for wordsearch enthusiasts was first published over 30 years ago. Popular as ever, it goes from strength to strength.

The magazine offers an irresistible selection of varied wordsearches. Each issue is packed with fresh, imaginative puzzles with lively topics, appealing to a wide range of readers. Plenty of original thinking underlies the broad range of themes that form the basis of the puzzles.

Many puzzles feature stars from film, television and the music world. Some puzzles have extra challenges, such as secret messages where, once all the items have been found in the grid, the unused letters form a phrase. Every issue features a quiz where the solutions are hidden in a letter grid. There are word trails where the listed words are laid out in a continuous path, a jigsaw wordsearch with the letter grid full of words arranged in jigsaw shapes, and puzzles with words hidden in letter shapes instead of straight lines. There are also opportunities to guess a year or a mystery person from clues contained in a word list.

Short stories and poems are also featured. Other puzzles include Number Search, kriss kross, crossword, codeword and picture puzzles.

Suggestions from readers for word lists are accepted by this title.

Each issue runs the Q Cash competition in which readers can win a share of 2,000. There is a first prize of 1,000, two second prizes of 250, and five runner‑up prizes of 100. This competition also runs in other Q titles. There are also occasional seasonal competitions.

The design is fresh, bold and clear. Many pages feature attractive artwork complementing the numerous fun-shaped novelty puzzles.

Puzzles featured:


Puzzles included:

Alpha-Fit, Arroword, Codeword, Crossword, Kriss Kross, Pathfinder, Spot The Difference, Sudoku