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Would you like to learn how to solve crosswords like an expert? This app is what you need.

If you are frustrated with not being able to solve US-style English crosswords from respected newspapers and perhaps even doubting your ability, now there is an app for that.

Join the thousands of people that have used this app to improve their skills enough to be able to solve published crosswords that they once thought were beyond their abilities.

Exquisitely designed for the iPad by the creators of Across Lite, the most widely used crossword solver software since 1995, this crossword skill building kit will help you improve your skills considerably. Not with boring study material or tests - just by solving specially created crosswords.

What it is:
- The most enjoyable and sophisticated crossword solver ever built
- An included collection of 75 crosswords professionally constructed to teach how to solve crosswords with learning notes for each crossword

What it is NOT:
- Crossword solver for Across Lite crosswords available on the web. Install our Across Lite Crosswords app from the store for this.

Using a unique interface that looks like a printed crossword, the app lets you focus on improving your skills even if you have never used a crossword app before.

Crossword solving skills are a combination of ability, technique and practice. The automated help in scanning and selecting clues to solve that captures techniques from expert solvers will help you incorporate those techniques into your solving.

The carefully and professionally constructed 75 crosswords included in the kit take you through a progression of easy, medium and transitional levels, with increasing levels of word play and themes while familiarizing you with some of the oft-repeated crossword "cliches" that makes solving harder puzzles easier. Brief notes for each crossword provide learning points.

You should be ready to tackle most reputable crosswords by the time you finish the included crosswords. If you need additional crosswords for practice, you can purchase more crosswords from renowned authors from inside the app.

We hope you enjoy this lovingly-crafted app as much as we have enjoyed building it.

What's New

Version 4.0.3

> Changed to Across Lite V4 Solving platform underneath with:
(V4.0.3 is a maintenance release with minor fixes)
+ iOS 11 compatibility
+ Refreshed interface for easier content browsing, faster solving and customization
+ Multiple virtual keyboards in both orientations for left-handed and right-handed people
+ Expanded external keyboard functionality
+ Screen optimization for each iPad Pro size

> Trainer content changes:
+ Minor editing of learning notes, an error in solution corrected
+ Puzzles converted to Across Lite PUZv3 format with style-formatted clues

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
116 Ratings
116 Ratings


A well thought out design in an app that does exactly what it was designed to do, teach you. It Uses a unique way of character entry as opposed to a common keyboard, this threw me off at first but it only took a few minutes to get use to and I find it easier to use now then a common keyboard. No keyboard to get in the way of a beautifully designed smart layout that gives the impression of doing the crosswords on paper. It has a very smart teaching method of learning by application as opposed to memorization. I highly recommend this app if you intend to learn to do crosswords. It's a beautiful app to look at. It also has so many settings options for customization. Enjoy!


Great 1. Boxing Coach = _rai_e_

Great little app to introduce the uninitiated to the world of crosswords. It is not enough to have a good vocabulary (though it helps), but one must learn how to use it to be a successful crossword solver. Knowing words that function as nouns and verbs, knowing the "tricks of the trade," and knowing how to work off already solved answers are all part of the tools provided. Initially, the crosswords will appear simple, but it is attention to the development of the techniques that are most important, and this app will teach them to you. And what a wonderful world will open to you ...



I truly like the hints and learning process, but I was looking for a great puzzle setup and, like some other reviewers, I find the split keyboard off putting. I am adept at puzzles, yet I cannot seem to complete a puzzle without hitting an incorrect key.....for that reason I cannot give five stars. Frankly, I do not know how long I can enjoy these puzzles before the annoyance caused by the keyboard causes me to stop using it.


Literate Software LLC
48.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2010-17 Literate Software LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Crosswords You Can Finish $2.99
  2. Beguiling Bogglers $0.99
  3. Gaffney's Minis Practice Pack $2.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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