Solve Crossword Puzzles With Style:
Everything you need to download, solve, and print puzzles.

Black Ink is a solving app for "Across Lite" format puzzle files. Black Ink does not come with any puzzles per se, but can be used to download and open puzzles from the web.

Get Black Ink and start solving puzzles on your Mac today.

Compatible with OS X 10.6 and later, including macOS Sierra.

- Resizable puzzle display.
- Print newspaper-style paper puzzles.
- Check your answers with most puzzles.
- Race the clock with our puzzle timer.
- Top-notch support from respected Red Sweater Software.

Black Ink opens and solves puzzles that use the Across Lite format, which are distributed by several free and paid sources in the United States, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and others.

What's New

Version 1.6.11

This minor update includes a fix for the American Values Club puzzle source.

We hope you appreciate the long-time maintenance of this legendary Mac crossword app. Please take a moment to tell your friends and leave a rating in the app store.

Having problems? Drop us a line, we are happy to help!

Ratings and Reviews


Keeping it going

Probably the best crossword Ap out here. Simple to use, clear interface, and intuitive controls. My third year using it, and still a favorite.
Many thanks to Red Sweater for keeping this wonderful Ap up to date.


Can’t download NY Times crosswords

Can’t download NY Times Crossowrd Puzzles

Developer Response

Hi there - thanks for taking the time to review my app. Black Ink should download the NY Times crosswords correctly. I just tested on my Mac and it seems to be working. I wonder if you are a subscriber to the NYT? Drop me a line if you'd like me to help you solve this problem. Thanks again for leaving a review.


Printing issues

I noticed the Sunday sized puzzles were printing on 2 pages for those of us who still prefer to solve with pencil and paper. This was not a very satisfactory outcome which was not a problem with Across Lite. In Black Ink the grid is much larger (nice) and easier to read, but the clues on 2 pages were unwieldy. I resolved this by using legal size paper to print out the puzzles. (It still tries to print on 2 pages but all you get on page 2 is the footer information, so save your paper and make sure you use your manual feed and set only to print 1 page.) I suggested to the software support to put this in their FAQ's because when I originally asked them about the printing issues they had no clue. They did respond quickly but had no clue how to fix it. Page set up did not work to resize the documents to print on one page. (I tried that first.)


Red Sweater Software
3.2 MB
OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Red Sweater Software, LLC


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

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