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 1.6.9

This update restores ability to download puzzles from the premium American Values Club puzzle source. If your login doesn't work, please visit the American Values Club puzzle site to reset your password to work with their updated system.

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.

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.)

Worked Great After Solving One Problem


I bought this program based on the other reviews here, and because it is now priced at $4.99. I am very happy I did. The program offers a number of different options for obtaining puzzles and for configuring its behavior. I was quickly able to set it up just as I wanted.

I had one major problem. The program would crash, whenever it tried to display the timer window. I was given the option to forward a crash report to Red Sweater Support, and they responded with a workaround within 24 hours (Running the program in 32-bit mode solved the problem).

Navigating with the keyboard is easy, using the arrow keys to move letter to letter and Tab or Shift+Tab to jump clue to clue. I am really enjoying using this program.


Red Sweater Software
3.8 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Red Sweater Software, LLC


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