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The New York Times Crossword

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 10p EST with a subscription, so enjoy Tuesday’s puzzle on Monday at 10p! 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 24 hours beforehand. 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 2.4.3

Happy New Year everyone! We've got a lot of new stuff for you in this update.

NEW: Average times. After solving a puzzle (without revealing) we'll tell you how you stack up against your average time. Puzzles that you reveal will not count toward your average, but we'll still tell you how they stack up (in case you revealed just the last few squares).

NEW: Info highlighting. If there are notes in that day's puzzle, the info button will be highlighted to let you know.

NEW: Facebook and Twitter sharing. If you have a Facebook or Twitter account configured on your device, you can now share your time after finishing a puzzle.

NEW: Shake to undo. Overwrote a letter you want back? Just shake your device.

NEW: Delete Downloaded Puzzles from Calendar. Press and hold on a puzzle in the calendar to delete it from your device. As long as you are logged in with an account, you can still download the puzzle later and restore your original solving data.

IMPROVED: You can still dismiss the congratulations screen by tapping outside the box like before, but we've also added a close button.

There are far too many bug fixes to list all of them, but if you're having issues with the wrong square being highlighted, or incomplete clues, or with using the rebus function, they should be solved.

As always, if you're enjoying our updates, write us a review or send feedback to


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Customer Reviews

Vast Improvement

The current version of this app is a vast improvement over what it was when this team first took over the project. Kudos! It really is quite nice to use now. I can only think of a few improvements to suggest:

* A setting next to Clue Size for Default Puzzle Size, letting you choose if you want to shrink the puzzle so the whole thing fits on screen (like it does now) or just to fit the width of the puzzle to the width of you screen (for those of us on little phones).

* Remember both the zoom AND the cursor location, even if the app gets swapped out of memory.

* When you "finish" a puzzle with one or more mistakes, it'd be convenient if there were a Check Puzzle button right on that dialog, so you didn't have to navigate through the menus to find it.

* A way to review your solving times from the calendar would be nice.

* Since the pencil toggle button probably gets used a lot more often than the settings button, I think it'd make more sense to put that one in the top right corner of the screen, where it's easier to hit. Maybe via a setting for Alternate Button Layout?

Keep up the good work -- I'd recommend this app to anyone who like crosswords.

For free: cute and fun

I have not and likely will not pay any money for a subscription to the daily puzzle. But I do enjoy the quick little 5x5 puzzle that's free every day. It only takes a minute or two, but it scratches an itch for this very casual puzzler.

It's never crashed on me, cost me nothing, and provides a minute or two of diversion every day. That's a win in my book.

Also, we've had some family fun by doing the puzzle with my teenagers. I mirrored my iPhone to the tv via our Apple TV. It was a blast to have people holler out answers as fast as I could type them in with my fat thumbs.

Great App, Consistently Improving

Worlds better than any other crossword-solving app that is or has ever existed. It is getting better still with every update.

To those people complaining about the subscription cost:

Although $40 is, in point of fact, a fair price for a year's worth of high-quality crosswords, that is beside the point. The app designers have no control over what the Times decides to charge for subscriptions. Leaving a bad review for the app because of this is petty and thoughtless.

The New York Times Crossword
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015
  • Version: 2.4.3
  • Size: 12.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: The New York Times Company (iDP)

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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