New Year’s #sophospuzzle crossword 2017/2018 – solution and winners!

If you tried our New Year’s 2017/2018 #sophospuzzle crossword and didn’t manage to finish it off, then FRET no more.

You don’t need to try to PREDICT the answers any more, or to feel as though you were hit by a COSH in your PRIME after solving no more than ONE HALF of the clues, or to worry that you’d run out of BEANS trying to SPREAD your answers across the grid.

This is what you were after:

In full, with the clues and the answers laid out linearly:

Well done to the 24 people who solved the puzzle in time, with the winners highlighted in blue:


🥇 Donal (@donalhunt), Cork, Ireland @ 2017-12-29T23:24Z


🥈 James Hodgkinson (Yaleman), Brisbane, QLD, Australia @ 2017-12-30T00:48Z


🥉 Rhett Hooper, Salt Lake City, UT, USA @ 2017-12-30T00:54Z


Andrew King, Darwin, NT, Australia


Melissa R, Mississippi, USA


Peter K, Hungary


Ian O’Neill, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, UK


William Steinka, Connecticut, USA


Presian Yankulov (@presianbg), Sofia, Bulgaria


Andrew Yeomans, Tring, Hertfordshire, UK


David Nason, Chapel Hill, NC, USA


Jenn L, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Jason Haar (@jhaar), Christchurch, New Zealand


James Beckett (@hackery), UK


Jorrit Kronjee, The Netherlands


Beverly P, Texas, USA


Monica G, Oregon, USA


John P, France


Richard Cardona (@richardcardona), Texas, USA


Phil Rhea, UK


Malcolm (@obelix6320), Bristol, UK


David McKenzie, (@davewj), Glasgow, UK


Ramesh Babu, Kerala, India


Kenny P, Eau Claire, WI, USA


The winner for the fastest solution is, as you can see from the list above, Donal Hunt from Cork in Ireland.

And our randomly-chosen winner from the rest of the solvers (we used a 10p coin to generate a non-deterministic random bit stream) is Andrew Yeomans from Tring in Hertfordshire, UK.

Congratulations to Donal and Andrew – guys, please email us (tips@sophos.com) so we can arrange to get your shirts sent out!

Thanks to everyone who took part – we hope you enjoyed this #sophospuzzle, and we’d love to see you next time.

Have a great 2018.

PS. If there are any answers you’d like us to explain, just leave us a comment below. You don’t have to give your name.