crossword [n.]

A crossword or crossword puzzle is a word game in which you work out the answers and write them in the white squares of a pattern of small black and white squares.
Collins Dictionaries

This page includes a variety of crossword material. Crosswords, cryptic crosswords, crossword software, crossword solvers, crosswords for kids, different types of crosswords, how to solve cryptic crosswords, … .



  • ABCTeach Crossword Puzzles
    ‘On abcteach, you’ll find hundreds of pre-made crossword puzzles. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just create your own with our Crossword Puzzle Generator, part of abctools®. Use your own words, puzzle shapes, fonts, and more !’
  • Aussie Crosswords
    ‘Play and solve new crossword puzzles everyday - YourLifeChoices’. Aimed at adults rather than children.
  • Best Crosswords
    ‘ is the largest supplier of free crossword puzzles on the web, publishing 15 grids daily from an archive of more 100,000. You can play in your web browser, smartphone, tablet or print in high resolution’.
  • Boatload Puzzles
    ‘Boatload of Crosswords is the world’s largest supply of crossword puzzles. Solve Boatload of Crosswords’ 40 000 free online crossword puzzles’.
  • Brittanica Crossword Puzzles
    ‘Britannica crossword puzzles are a fun way to learn new facts. Play alone or invite a friend ! Stuck ? Check the menu for hints !’
  • Crossword
    Seniors Online Victoria. Multiple quick crosswords with one added every day.
  • Crossword Hobbyist
    ‘Browse crosswords created by other members of the Crossword Hobbyist community. Puzzles are always free to solve. You can also browse newspaper-style crosswords or word searches’. There is a complete creation process so you can make your own.
  • Crossword Labs
    ‘Crossword Labs is the simplest way to build, print, share and solve crossword puzzles online. It’s free, fast and easy’.
  • Crossword Puzzle Games
    ‘This web site offers 32 400 free crossword puzzles and fun tools for people who enjoy word games. Get some help with a puzzle or create your own, free. Crosswords are divided into four categories. Each category has a different grid size’.
  • Crossword Puzzles
    Crosswords under a variety of headings. Ordinary, cryptic, dictionaries, themed, help, more. Also links to US crosswords, UK crosswords, Sudoku puzzles, crossword dictionaries and much more.
  • Crossword Puzzles [The Spruce Crafts]
    ‘The Best Places to find Crosswords Online, Easy Crossword Puzzles and Word Games, 10 Tips for Solving Crossword Puzzles, Easter Crosswords, Word Searches and Puzzles for Kids’ and other links to resources in this area.
  • Crossword Puzzles - EnglishMaven
    ‘Free online crossword puzzles. These puzzles are fun activities intended for students of all ages and ability levels’. Several levels.
  • Crosswords
    ‘Play Free Daily Crosswords from The New Daily’.
  • Crosswords [The Guardian]
    ‘Free crosswords that can be completed online by mobile, tablet and desktop, and are printable’. Also sudoku puzzles.
  • Daily Crossword
    ‘A crossword a day keeps the doctor away ! Get your daily dose of crossword puzzles here first. Beat today’s puzzle ? Go back and play another daily puzzle’. Check the other options at the bottom of the page.
  • Daily Quick Crossword
    ‘Solve it online or print it out’. A new puzzle each day.
  • Daily Quick Crossword - Simply Daily Puzzles
    ‘A free daily online crossword that’s not too difficult. Solve it online, or use the printable version if you prefer to solve the traditional way with pencil and paper. Use the timer if you want to check your solving speed’.
    A dictionary and thesaurus as well as crosswords. The page includes a link to their own Crossword Solver if you get stuck.
  • Free Crossword Puzzles
    Crossword Puzzles; Archive; various levels; even an option to print them out.
  • Free Daily Printable Crossword Puzzles
    ‘These are our 7 printable crossword puzzles for today. Remember, they’re updated daily so don’t forget to check back regularly’.
  • Free Online Crossword Puzzles
    Arkadium. ‘With many different types of free online crossword puzzles to choose from, we have something for everyone’. There are also links to other puzzle collections and puzzle games.
  • Funtrivia Crosswords for Children
    About 120 puzzles specifically for children as part of a collection of 6 700+ puzzles, many of which may also be suitable.
  • Healthy Brain
    ‘Give your brain a small challenge by playing a game of crossword. There’s a new puzzle every day’. Alzheimer Society of Canada. Also access other puzzles from this site including Sudoku and Wordsearch. Also learn about Challenging Your Brain.
  • Large Print Puzzles - Free Collection
    ‘Each crossword puzzle PDF file includes a puzzle grid, one or two definitions pages and a solution page. Each word search PDF file includes a puzzle grid page with word list and a solution page with a hidden message’.
  • Maths Crossword Puzzle Topics
    ‘Maths crossword puzzles can include maths vocabulary, story problems, or even equations. Many of the maths crossword puzzles available here combine these maths crossword puzzle clues. Select a category to find a maths crossword puzzle to meet your needs, or make your own maths crossword puzzle’. 1 500+ puzzles available.
  • Maths Crosswords
    Super Teacher Worksheets. ‘Maths crossword puzzles make it fun for students to review addition, subtraction, multiplication and division’.
  • Play Lovatts Free Online Crosswords & Puzzles
    Multiple types and levels of difficulty from Easy to Cryptic plus code crackers, word search, Trivia Quiz, Sudoku, Wheel Words, more.
  • Printable Crossword Puzzles
    ‘These printable crossword puzzles are smaller [9 x 9 grids] than standard crossword puzzles which make them ideal for beginner or kid crossword puzzle fans. All the crossword puzzles are printable on any standard home printer’. They also have 15 x 15 grids, plus booklets of 50 puzzles with solutions, etc., for a small fee.
  • Printable Crossword Puzzles for Kids
    ‘Our collection of free printable crossword puzzles for kids is an easy and fun way for children and students of all ages to become familiar with a subject or just to enjoy themselves. If you get stumped on any of them, not to worry, of course we will give you the answers’.
  • Printable Crossword Puzzles [teAchnology]
    ‘A whole bunch of crossword puzzles for you to print. We feature a wide range of titles’. 40 topic areas.
  • Printable Daily Crosswords
    ‘Printable crossword puzzles, can easily be downloaded whenever you want. Besides having access to printable crossword puzzles at anytime, free printable crossword puzzles offer players a whole new level of enjoyment’.
  • Puzzle Choice Crossword Puzzles
    ‘Try the Daily Crossword or choose from a variety of printable and online crossword styles below’.
  • Puzzler’s Cave
    ‘All the crosswords are completely free and require no subscription all. Click here to browse all our crosswords. Whilst you’re here, you don’t just have to play crosswords, you can also create them using the free Puzzlers’ Cave Crossword Compiler’.
  • The Australian Crossword Club
    ‘Aims to provide enjoyment and stimulation to the devotees of the crossword puzzle. The Club’s monthly magazine Crozworld is filled with prize crosswords of all types together with lively discussion’. News, e-CrOZwords and more.
  • The Senior
    ‘Crossword - get your daily fix’. Also has Sudoku, Code Cracker, Wheel Words and more.
  • Word Games - Free Crossword Games
    ‘If you like Crosswords, give any of these free online Crossword puzzle variants a shot. Best supply of crossword puzzles, playable for free online everyday’.

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Crossword Software

  • 15 Best Crossword Apps for Android & iOS
    All are available for both formats. Clear descriptions of each.
  • Crossword Puzzle Free
    Android App on Google Play. ‘A crossword puzzle for the entire family’.
  • Crossword Puzzle Maker
    The Teacher’s Corner. Full instructions are provided.
  • ‎Crossword – World’s Biggest
    Apple iOS, Free [but IAP]. ‘Now you can enjoy a new crossword challenge every day with this giant collection of 100s of original puzzles’. You can also go to Apple App Store and find many more Crossword apps to choose from.
  • Discovery Education’s Puzzlemaker
    ‘Create your own crossword puzzles’.
  • EclipseCrossword
    ‘The fast, easy, free way to create crosswords in minutes for Windows PCs. You come up with the words and clues, and in seconds, EclipseCrossword will turn them into a custom crossword puzzle. Then, print it out, or share it online’.
  • Google Play - Crossword Apps
    From easy to cryptic, quick crosswords, crosswords from specific newspapers, photo crosswords, … . Most are free to use.
  • Instant Online Crossword Puzzle Maker
    Instructions provided, several options.
  • Online Puzzlemaker
    ‘Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles and more, using your own word lists’.
  • Puzzler’s Cave Crossword Compiler
    ‘Specifically designed to make creating crosswords as simple and quick as possible. Be amazed at how quickly you will be able to design and build your own crosswords’. Freeware. Registering brings several additional benefits.
  • Send a Crossword
    App for Android and Apple. ‘The only app to send personalised crosswords as a postcard or online’.
  • The Best Crossword Apps for iPhone
    ‘Everyone loves a good crossword puzzle, so today we are going to look at a collection of the best crossword apps for the iPhone’.
  • The best crossword software for Windows 10
    ‘Many people enjoy solving crosswords, and if you want, you can easily create crosswords on your PC’.
  • Wordplay
    ‘If you like crosswords and other word games, making words out of letters in general, then Wordplay is right up your alley. Use all your wits, test your memory and take your word knowledge to new heights as Wordplay combines the most sophisticated word search mechanics available’. Apple and Microsoft versions, multiple sources.

Crossword Solvers

  • 10 Tips for Solving Crossword Puzzles
    The Spruce Crafts. ‘Whether a novice or sophomore you can become a better solver’.
  • Crossword Dictionary
    ‘Online Tool For Solving Crossword Puzzles ! Our database contains over 235 000 entries, including expressions, movie titles, names, etc. ! ’
  • Crossword-Solver
    Not only a solver, but also links to other resources, short articles about aspects of crosswords, links to free crossword puzzles, answers every player should know plus much more.
  • Crossword Solver []
    ‘Struggling to get that one last answer to a perplexing clue ? We can help you solve those tricky clues in your crossword puzzle. Search thousands of crossword puzzle answers on’.
  • Crossword Solver : Get Crossword Help and Solve Word Games
    ‘Get instant crossword help for any clue or cryptic puzzle on Crossword Solver. Just enter the crossword clue and letter count to find your crossword answers’.
  • Crossword Solver [ONL]
    ‘Our Crossword Puzzle Solver is built around simplicity to help you solve those tricky clues in the game. All you require to do is enter clues in the input field and click Find Answers and our database will find hints and answers based on the pattern you have specified’.
  • Crossword Solver - Crossword Help for Missing Letters
    ‘The crossword solver helps to find words with missing letters. Sometimes it is easy to get stuck on a crossword clue. If you already have some letters and a length of the crossword puzzle then we can help. Our crossword clue solver searches for answers from a dictionary of over 558 516 words, city names, names and other clues’.
  • How do you solve a crossword puzzle for Beginners
    ‘It can be difficult to know where to start when you are just starting out with crossword puzzles but there are tips and tricks that can help. Read on to find out some of our favourites’. Other information using the menu at the top of the page.
  • How to Solve a Cryptic Crossword
    WikiHow. ‘Every cryptic clue contains a definition, wordplay, and an indicator term. After you learn this formula as well as the eight most common cryptic crossword devices, you’ll be on your way to solving even the toughest of cryptic crosswords !’
  • How to Solve Crosswords
    From The Guardian in the UK. Multiple articles.
  • One Across
    ‘Having trouble getting the last word in that crossword puzzle ? Having trouble getting the first ? See if our search engine can help !’. Also has Cryptograms, Anagrams and a Dictionary Search.
  • Solving Cryptic Crosswords
    ‘Cryptic crosswords can seem dauntingly nonsensical at first glance. But the fundamental principles of cryptic clueing are actually quite simple. Here is a tour of the eight common types of wordplay, along with hints on how to spot them’.
  • Tips for Solving Crossword Puzzles
    ‘You don’t have to be a crossword puzzle expert to enjoy solving easy puzzles or even more challenging ones. But when you sit down to work on any crossword grid, you’ll likely enjoy yourself more if you keep these simple tips in mind. [Part of Easy Crosswords For Dummies Cheat Sheet]’.
  • Unscramble
    As well as providing a “Crossword Finder”, you can also get assistance with anagrams, Definitions, synonyms, antonyms and related words and rhyming words for a word of your choice.
  • Wordplays™ Crossword Solver
    ‘The Crossword Solver finds answers to American-style crosswords, British-style crosswords, general knowledge crosswords and cryptic crossword puzzles’.

Other Information

  • Crossword
    ‘Types, Clues : Conventions and Types, Major Variants, History, Non-English languages, Construction, Software, Notation and links’. Wikipedia.
  • Crossword Unclued
    While there is a range of material on this site about crosswords, perhaps the most useful can be found through the menus on the right. Here you can find help on how to solve cryptic crosswords [from beginners on], crossword sites, puzzles online and more.
  • How to Create a Crossword Puzzle [WIRED]
    ‘New York Times crossword puzzle constructor [also known as a cruciverbalist], David Kwong, shows us how he makes a crossword puzzle’. [11.5min.]
  • How to Create a Crossword Puzzle – 6 Simple Steps
    There is an introductory section leading up to these. The steps themselves are well set out and easy to understand.
  • How to Finish a Crossword Puzzle
    WikiHow. 6 basic steps with text and images.
  • How to Make Crossword Puzzles
    WikiHow. ‘Crossword puzzles and other mind games generate hours of healthy fun, and are credited with keeping minds agile. They're also excellent educational tools, allowing you to engage your students and encourage them to connect concepts with vocabulary. For some people, creating a crossword puzzle is just as rewarding as solving one. The process can be very simple, or very involved, depending on your interest level’.

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