Puzzler Code Words
The first magazine to be dedicated to codewords was launched more than 30 years ago, in England. This title in a close relative, similar in quality, but with a dedicated antipodean editorial team.
The standard puzzles are based on a 15x15 grid. Usually, three starters are given, but for some only one or two are provided and in a few puzzles, the solver is able to determine the number of starters. The ambition is to ensure that, as far as is possible, no word appears more than once in any issue. The magazine includes several novelties that change from issue to issue (for example, spiral codeword, skeleton codeword, codesearch). Among the regular puzzles are cryptograms, shortcodes (where only ten letters have to be deciphered) and 22 To Do.
The prize pot varies between $3,000 and $5,000 in each issue.
The layout of the puzzles is sensible. Attractive illustrations decorate some pages. Feedback from readers is encouraged.