CrossNumber 1 : COVID
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If you've found your way here, then maybe you're as much of a puzzle enthusiast as I am! I still get a thrill each time an answer intersects perfectly with its neighbours in the grid, the frustration of a hard clue quickly evaporating as the squares gradually fill up.

In this first of a weekly series of CrossNumber puzzles, we look at the topic on everyone's minds: COVID or - to give it its proper name - Stupid, Wretched COVID. This puzzle is aimed at students in Year 4, 5, 6 or 7 but would be a good workout for any school-age maths enthusiast or an adult that likes to exercise their calculation cells.

The aim of a CrossWord puzzle is to fill in all of the white squares in the grid using the clues, separated into two sections: 'Across' and 'Down'. Each numbered clue corresponds to a matching number written in the top left corner of some of the CrossNumber squares. These numbered squares are the starting points to your answers. Watch out as some numbered clues have solutions that run both 'down' and 'across'. There can only ever be one digit per square and no answer ever starts with the digit zero (0). Finally, you can't leave any white squares unfilled so, if your answer has three boxes, the solution must be a three digit number.

There we are, I've made this sound much more complicated than it really is. If you've never tried one before, give it a go. I promise it's really quite easy to get the hang of, and very rewarding when you do!

I have included the solutions at the foot of this entry, upside down so you might not have it spoiled if you glance 'by accident' (don't worry, I won't tell anyone)!

If there are any teachers or parents who'd like to print this and/or use as a PDF, you can find a copy here:

The Puzzle: