CrossNumber 6 : Moon
Written by: | Posted on: | Category:

The moon: full of romance and wonder, symbolic of adventure, hope, sadness and love! This week's CrossNumber puzzle might be one giant leap for some students but I hope it will leave others over the moon!

I love facts about the moon:

Did you know that the moon smells like spent gunpowder and no one really knows why :,

films about the moon:

'Moon' by Duncan Jones - @manmademoon - is a wonderous blend of science fiction claustrophobia and dark humour. Yes, he IS David Bowie's son - but please now erase that from your mind and enjoy him as an artist and filmmaker in his own right :

books about the moon:

I would particularly recommend 'Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth' by Andrew Smith - @wiresmith - about the surviving moonwalkers,

and any music that takes me out of this world:

check out 'Planetarium' by Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAllister :

This week's challenge should be a suitable challenge for students in Years 5 and 6 and I will personally be giving it as homework for my 11+ students.

I'm always excited to receive solutions and questions, so please feel free to email me at - good luck!

How it works

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!

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:


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)!