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Holiday word challenge

rev-astronomy-poty-coverTo keep your brain cells active over the festive period, we have put together a word puzzle based wholly on articles published in Physics World this year. We have two copies of Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 5 to give away as prizes. Download a PDF of the puzzle here.

For the fifth year in a row, the Royal Observatory Greenwich has produced a beautiful hardback book showcasing the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. This year, its publisher Collins Astronomy has kindly offered us two copies to give away to readers. You just need to complete the festive puzzle in this PDF to be in with a chance of winning. Terms and conditions apply.

See “Galaxies and auroras and planets, oh my!” for our review of Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 5 and a sneak preview of the photos.

How to enter

To enter the competition, download the PDF, complete the puzzle and send it to us by 16 January 2017.

Please include your full name and contact details with your entry.

Send your completed puzzle by post to:
Physics World
Temple Circus
Temple Way

Alternatively, you can fill in the PDF electronically, or scan your completed puzzle, and e-mail it to


Terms and conditions

These terms and conditions apply to all entries to the Physics World Crossword Competition – December 2016, however submitted. Promoter is IOP Publishing Limited (“IOP”) of Temple Circus, Temple Way, Bristol, UK, BS1 6HG. No purchase necessary. All entries must be received by the closing date of 16 January 2017. The winners will be drawn at random from all the entrants who successfully complete the crossword. The draw will take place within 30 days of the closing date. If IOP cannot contact any winner within 90 days of the closing date, it shall have the right to declare their entry void and to draw a new winner. IOP’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Only one entry per person and entrants must be over 16 and have the right to enter. IOP can change or withdraw these terms without notice and can refuse any entry. No entries allowed from IOP employees or anyone connected with the competition, including their immediate families. Only two prizes. As not all countries in the world accept the legality of competitions, it is the sole responsibility of each non United Kingdom based entrant to ensure that he or she is not breaching any laws of their country of residence by submitting an entry. IOP will not be held responsible for any entrant entering any competitions unlawfully. If in any doubt, the entrant should check with the relevant authorities in his or her country. Delivery costs paid by IOP but any other costs winner’s responsibility. IOP can use winner’s name, location and affiliation for promotion. Personal data will be processed in accordance with Data Protection Act 1998. Terms governed by English law.

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