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NYTimes Crossword - Daily Word Puzzle Game

By The New York Times Company

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The best crossword in the world is better than ever! Enjoy the same puzzles printed in the daily newspaper on the only mobile crossword app built by The New York Times.

The New York Times Crossword is free to download, and all users get unlimited access to the daily puzzle and calendar archive for 7 days. After that, subscribe for full access to The Crossword on iOS and at

Your subscription now gives you access to The Crossword on at no additional charge! Just connect or create an account in your account settings and Play Anywhere. Your iOS puzzle progress will be saved and available on the web and vice versa!

It’s the same puzzle that’s printed every day in The New York Times newspaper. All daily puzzles are available the previous day at 10pm EST with a subscription, so enjoy Tuesday’s puzzle on Monday at 10pm! Practice and learn how to solve the puzzle on Monday or Tuesday or challenge yourself with even harder puzzles later in the week.

Short, sweet and available without a subscription every day! Get a quick crossword fix when you don't have time for the whole thing.

Themed puzzles to download and add to your collection — the first puzzle in each pack is free to try, and new packs arrive every 8 weeks!

Subscribers also enjoy over 20 years of classic puzzles from our archives.

Solve puzzles that include new tricks like rebuses, highlighted or underlined squares, and more!

Subscriptions include a 12 month subscription at $39.99 per year and a monthly subscription at $6.99 per month, charged to your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew at the end of its term unless turned off at least 24 hours before expiration. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings.

Feedback? Suggestions? Issues? Please contact us at or from within the app itself. Your feedback is important to us and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Please note: subscription to The New York Times Crossword does not include access to any other New York Times products, including but not limited to or mobile news content, e-reader additions, Times Premier, NYT Now, or other apps on non-iOS devices. No cancellations are allowed during active subscription period.

What's New in Version 2.5.2


- Progress is now shown in the Calendar for ALL puzzles played, not only those downloaded.
- Migration now reports its progress.
- In an effort to clear up space on the device, puzzles that have not been played in the last two weeks will be removed from the device. Progress on these puzzles will still be displayed.


- 'Today' and 'Mini' buttons on the main screen are now easier to tap.
- Extreme puzzle zooming on iPhone 6 Plus no longer causes the puzzle to disappear, nor to disable gestures.


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Customer Reviews

Once one of my favorite apps, developers got greedy

This was once one of my most used--and loved--apps. I used it every day. The day the developers decided to increase the annual subscription by well over 100%, they lost a loyal customer in me. I'm hardly an expert in economics, but I'm quite certain (note the sarcasm) that even in the worst economic periods inflation rates are much, much lower. I really hoped that the developers would see the light on this issue; sadly, they haven't. In fact, I've never seen any rationale for the exorbitant increase. The lack of an explanation indicates to me that the developers really don't care about their client's concerns. Sad. Also, just wanted to add to the developers--keep giving minor updates, and I promise to resubmit my review every time. It drives me nuts when app developers issue updates as a way to get rid of bad reviews.

To those defending the developers (the one that sticks out for me is "it's 11 cents a day. . ."), I can only assume that money is no object to these reviewers. If I had downloaded this app, and the current rates were in place, I probably would have paid it. But I won't pay more than double what they charged before "improving" the app. If you don't mind living in a world where doubling prices doesn't bother you, knock yourself out.

Insane price increase is the last straw

In the last year the app has gotten worse (although it’s improved since the first version of the redesign) but the price has more than doubled from 17 to 40 dollars. This is an inexcusable increase, especially given the lack of improved customer experience.

I've convinced several people to get this app since it came out. Note to NYTimes: lower the price back to a reasonable amount for casual users, and ill keep convincing casual users to get your app. Otherwise, you've probably lost a lot of customers.

Getting better

The puzzles are great and features are slowly being reintegrated.
The interface still needs some work though. My biggest peeve is backspace not stopping at the beginning of a word. Why is there no setting for that? Or at least a 'clear word' gesture.
Overall pretty good though.

NYTimes Crossword - Daily Word Puzzle Game
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.5.2
  • Size: 15.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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