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Across Crossword Trainer

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Would you like to learn how to solve crosswords like an expert? Are you 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.

******* iOS9 users See note for keyboard usage below *******

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

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. There is a friendly animated audio walk-through to get you started if you need it.

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.

Note on keyboard usage in iOS5: The virtual keyboard is available only in portrait mode because of available screen size. This is the only difference between the landscape and portrait modes. An external keyboard can be used in either mode. The unique side keys allow you to solve the crossword while viewing the entire crossword like a printed page in either mode.

The portrait mode allows you to use the docked virtual keyboard or the split keyboard configuration introduced in iOS5. If you prefer the split keyboard, we suggest the following: Click on the keyboard icon at the bottom to bring up the full key board. "Split it apart" using two fingers to get the split keyboard at the bottom of the screen so you can see the full grid and the two clue lines (current and crossing).

****** NOTE for iOS9 users *******
Keyboard work-around until fixed:

1. Tap the side keys in the middle or away from the edge of iPad screen

2. External keyboard can be used in portrait orientation if possible

What's New in Version 3.1.0

Design refresh with optimizations for retina screens and non-retina screens
iOS 7 compatibility
Known bug fixes
New restorable puzzle packs for purchase

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Customer Reviews


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 ...

Fantastic App!

First off, I never did crossword puzzles because they did not make sense to me and I didn't like feeling "dumb"...but, if you would have told me after downloading and using this app, crossword puzzles would become one of my favorite past times, I would have laughed at you! This app is incredible!

Across Crossword Trainer
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  • $6.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.1.0
  • Size: 12.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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