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20 Printable Crossword Puzzles to Give Your Brain a Workout

Online games are alright, but there’s nothing like solving a crossword puzzle the good old-fashioned way—with a pencil! Pit your wits against these tricky printable crossword puzzles from the pages of Reader’s Digest Canada.

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: November 2020

Up for a serious challenge? See if you can solve for “Love letter letters based on the first words of 13-, 16-, 25- and 30-Across.” (The image above is a major hint!) Good luck with our “Word of Mouth”-themed printable crossword puzzle!

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Printable crossword puzzle answer - November 2020Barbara Olson/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: November 2020

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: October 2020

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “Racket Men.” Does this give the advantage to hardcore tennis buffs? Not necessarily—but a bit of background knowledge on everything from Wimbledon to gold-medal winners could come in handy!

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Printable crossword answer - October 2020Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: October 2020

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: September 2020

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “It’s All the Rage.” Put on your thinking cap to come up with synonyms for terms like “rage”, “glaring angrily” and “vindictive.” And go!

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Printable Crossword Answer - September 2020Barbara Olson/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: September 2020

Just how extensive is your vocabulary? See if you can match these words to their proper definitions.

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: July/August 2020

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “Different Wavelengths.” Instead of a letter, some of the squares in this crossword contain something else. Figure out what it is and feel the Pride. (Yes, that’s a massive hint!)

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Printable crossword answer - July/August 2020Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: July/August 2020

An MIT professor called this “the hardest logic puzzle ever.” Can you solve it?

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: June 2020

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “On the Money.” Just how well do you the newest faces to grace our Canadian bills? (No peeking in your wallet!)

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Printable crossword answer - June 2020Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: June 2020

Test your knowledge of these aviation terms.

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: May 2020

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “Perfect Serve,” but is the “serve” in question referring to tennis terms or fast food? A bit of both, to be honest—with a healthy side of ancient history!

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Printable crossword answer - May 2020Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: May 2020

Can you answer these real Jeopardy! questions about words?

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: April 2020

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “We the North.” It’s not all about Raptors-mania, however, as this tricky grid will test your knowledge of everything from Mary Poppins to James Bond.

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Printable crossword answer - April 2020Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: April 2020

Here are more tricky crossword puzzle clues that will leave you stumped!

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: March 2020

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “Isn’t It Ironic?” If that title alone is enough to trigger the classic Alanis Morissette song in your head, you’ve got a distinct advantage! (If the lyrics aren’t coming to you, the image above serves as a massive hint to level the playing field…)

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Printable crossword answer - March 2020Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: March 2020

Check out these secrets to acing crossword puzzles!

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: January/February 2020

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “Why Wait?” A pertinent question, as we can’t think of a better time to exercise your grey cells with these fiendishly tricky clues. For an added challenge, why not set a time limit on completing this puzzle? Tick-tock!

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Printable crossword answer - January/February 2020Barbara Olson/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: January/February 2020

For the ultimate test, see how you fare against these tough trivia questions.

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: December 2019

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “What’s the Big Attraction?” Consider this roundup of Canada’s quirkiest roadside attractions required reading before attempting this head-scratcher!

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Printable crossword puzzle - December 2019Barbara Olson/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: December 2019

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: November 2019

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “Five For Five.” If you need some help with these tricky clues, simply pull out your wallet: If you’ve got a $5 bill handy, you’re in the money!

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Printable crossword answer - November 2019Barb Olson/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: November 2019

Check out these Final Jeopardy! questions everyone got wrong!

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: October 2019

The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “Showtime.” On the second anniversary of legendary Canadian musician Gord Downie’s death, we’re paying tribute to his legacy of song with the Tragically Hip.

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Printable crossword answer - October 2019Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: October 2019

Don’t miss our countdown of the greatest Canadian albums of all time.

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: September 2019

How well do you know your urban Canadiana? From Edmonton’s main drag to Montreal’s Quartier Latin, put your knowledge to the test with this “City Ways”-themed printable crossword puzzle.

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Printable crossword answer - September 2019Barb Olson/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: September 2019

Would you believe that “Canadian cities” is one of the Jeopardy! categories that tends to stump contestants?

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: July/August 2019

What hides were once fashioned into hats, and which building materials would you need to create an inukshuk? Although we’ve given the latter away with the image above, the rest of this “Raw Materials”-themed crossword puzzle won’t be quite so easy!

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Printable Crossword Puzzle Answer - July/August 2019Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: July/August 2019

Solved that puzzle without breaking a sweat? See how you fare against these general knowledge trivia questions.

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: June 2019

Don’t cry over 34 Across! Unless of course you’re staying at the motel at 10 Across, in which case you’ve got good reason to be upset… How quickly can you complete this printable crossword puzzle from the June 2019 issue of Reader’s Digest Canada?

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Printable crossword answer - June 2019Fraser Simpson/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: June 2019

Test your knowledge of these common crossword puzzle answers!

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: May 2019

Did you know the crooner at 1 Across hosted the Junos back in 2018? Cue up your favourite Canadian playlist: The theme for this printable crossword puzzle is “Canadians of Note.”

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Printable crossword puzzle - May 2019Barb Olson/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: May 2019

Found this puzzle too easy? Try your hand at these fun brain games!

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Printable Crossword Puzzle: April 2019

Did you know that a native of Halifax is a “Haligonian”? With that in mind, what’s the proper term for someone who hails from Winnipeg? The theme for this particularly tricky printable crossword puzzle is “Capital People.”

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Printable Crossword Answer - April 2019Photo: Derek Bowman/Reader's Digest Canada

Printable Crossword Answer: April 2019

Next, check out 20 word search puzzles you can print for free!

Originally Published in Reader's Digest Canada