CrossNumber 7 : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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I feel there's not much I can add to the avalanche of deserving praise rained down on the Harry Potter series, but I do know there's a good proportion of my students every year who only developed reading habits thanks to the lure of the wizarding world.

This week's CrossNumber puzzle focuses on the book that started it all: The Philosopher's Stone. I hope that the questions inspire you to revisit Diagon Alley, rediscover the inspired platform 9 3/4 or try to solve the mysteries of the 'first floor girls' toilets'.

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)!

Tuesday April 27th, 2021