"… the definitive source for puzzles for iOS…" -- the New York Times

Play the Award Winning Crosswords on your iPad or iPhone, now optimized for the new iOS 10! Each day many newspapers provide their crossword puzzles online; wake up each day to new puzzles, solve them, get hints, view clues, and track how quickly you're improving!

• Touch and hold a square to view hints
• US and UK Cryptic puzzles available
• Hints, Websites, and Clue lookups
• Enter answers in 'ink' or 'pencil'
• Quickly see your recently played, or sort by date, difficulty or source
• Detailed info on each puzzle
• Post your solve times online and compare with other solvers

After upgrading, you can also:
• Automatically get new puzzles every day
• Access nearly unlimited puzzles from many different sources
• Grab older puzzles with a tap
• Download new puzzles automatically in the background

Upgraded Puzzle Sources:
• Brendan Emmett Quigley's Weekly Puzzle
• Inkwell Crossword (Archives only)
• Village Voice (Archives only)
• Chronicle of Higher Education (Archives only)
• King Features Crosswords (Joseph, Sheffer, and Premier)
• People Magazine (Archives only)
• Newsday (Archives only)
• Andy Kravis, Cruciverbist at Law
• Glutton for Pun
• MacNamara’s Band
• Murchie’s Monday Fills
• Neville Fogarty
• Puzzle Express
• The Stickler Weekly
• World of Crosswords

Premium Crosswords subscription required:
• Matt Gaffney’s Crossword Contest
• American Values Crossword
• Crooked Crosswords

Providers list subject to change.
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What’s New

Version 3.60.5

- updated for new iPad pro devices with Face ID
- fixed multiple puzzle importing via Air Drop
- fixed some navigation issues inside the puzzle

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
419 Ratings
419 Ratings
Jamdi D ,

Useless for the Telegraph Cryptic

I upgraded today from Crossword Classic, which had stopped downloading the Telegraph 2 days ago. I upgraded specifically to access the Telegraph, which was listed on the app info. My sign in to the Telegraph wasn’t accepted on either my iPhone or my iPad (both running iOS 11.4.1); the sign in works perfectly well on the Telegraph site. Then the option to sign in disappeared completely along with all signs of the Telegraph. The app itself is horribly designed. The original Crossword Classic app, which I’ve used for years, was easy to navigate. This version is absurd—but I could live with it if the Telegraph worked. Either fix the issue or please give me a refund.

Engr52 ,

Not worth the cost

The included difficult puzzles are good. The easy ones aren’t worth the time. After completing all of the hard ones, new difficult ones are few and far between. Maybe 2 per week.

platron ,

Now demands additional $10 to download puz format

Extremely annoying, having already paid for this app and multiple previous versions on iOS and going back to palmOS.

However, I discovered that one of the older versions - also called Crosswords, but with a dated skeuomorphic icon - will actually open .puz if you download it from safari.
Of course if you subscribe to the NYT puzzle, you might as well use their app.

Developer Response ,

If you've already bought the earlier Crosswords Classic, you can use that to play .puz files. Crosswords is a ground-up rewrite, and so we decided to make it a new product. You will get a discount if you have Crosswords Classic installed and purchase an upgrade to Crosswords, however.


Stand Alone, Inc.
18.7 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
©2008-2018 Stand Alone, Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Crosswords Pro $9.99
  2. Crosswords Pro (Upgrade) $3.99
  3. Edited By Tausig 2 $2.99


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