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Make My Own Puzzles

By Jeff Lowry

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** Just as a heads up, this app generates word puzzles that are NOT playable in the app. That was never the intention. Rather it generates puzzles that are to print, email, or insert into a document using your own word processor. **

"Creating a puzzle couldn’t be easier...Overall, this universal app is a ton of fun and well worth the price of admission." - 

There was a time when I decided that I would like to make my own crossword puzzle from a list of my own words and hints. Just to print and use as a handout in a class. Unfortunately there was no app for that. So now there is! This app is designed to make the process of creating a clean printable word search or crossword as simple as possible. Just give it a title and an author, specify a few other settings, and add your word list. That's it, you're ready to generate a puzzle. You control the difficulty through your setup. The generated puzzles include a puzzle sheet, a hint sheet, and an answer key. If you have AirPrint set up on you can select the pages to print and print straight off of the device. Or you can email the puzzles and print them off a desktop computer (or send them directly to the recipient). As extra alternatives, puzzles can be exported as JPG or PNG images for use on websites or in your own documents, if your software allows. Please check out the app website for samples of the puzzle outputs.

A couple of things to be aware of...

1) Depending on your device and the size and complexity of the puzzle, it could take some time to make the puzzle and all of the resulting files. Please be patient! If the wheel is spinning and the clock is ticking, then it's working.

2) The algorithm for the crossword puzzle generator is thorough! But it also starts randomized. So if it starts with a certain word in a certain location and places other words on that word in certain locations, some of the words may not be fit. Please make sure that you've included words that have a wide enough variety of letters. Should you find a word that you really want in the puzzle is not placed, maybe try a couple more times. If it still can't be placed you may need to add more words to the list to create more placement opportunities. Play around with it and if it can place it, it will.

3) I program as a hobby and English is my native language. You can use the standard English alphabet when creating puzzles as well as these characters: À Á Ì Í Â Ä Ç È É Ê Ë Î Ï Ñ Ô Ø Œ Ù Û Ü Ÿ à Ẽ Õ Ũ Ṽ Ỹ

Problems? I would appreciate a chance to correct it before you leave negative feedback. Or if you just have general feedback or suggestions, please fire me an email. And if you feel generous, I do enjoy reviews!

What's New in Version 1.2

I figured since I hadn't ever seen this down before and it could make for some interesting puzzles (and a whole new level of difficulty!) you can now use numbers and symbols in your puzzles. Allows for some crazy creativity!

** iOS 6 AND iPHONE 5 READY **
This update should ensure that the app is able to run on the current operating system and hardware.

I didn't even consider the fact that when I was adding support for accented characters, etc. that the words 'Across' and 'Down' would need to be changed for those languages as well. You can now change those to whatever you need in the crossword options.

There were also some other slight tweaks and improvements along the way. Hopefully this update works fantastically for you. Please send me any feedback that you may have and thanks for your support!


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Customer Reviews

One flaw

Edited: I really find I don't use this app t all, because of the reason mentioned below. I feel like I wasted my money on it, there are never updates and it seems no one is listening to the problems of it.

The crossword puzzles it makes are always only on a single line.

IOW, I made a fairly extensive puzzle, then looked at it and figured out words which would make some of the words interlock, like real crossword puzzles do. But instead of putting the additional words in where they would have fit perfectly, it rearranged the entire puzzle again so that each word is on its own single line with a lot of spaces in between.

It is laid out nicely, is easy to use but is not useful for me for this purpose. The puzzles just get unruly. I find I never use it for that reason, which is a shame. If he could make it so that we could lock in a version and then fit words in to make it more like a real crossword puzzle, it would be just an awesome app.

Best app ever!!!

This app is amazing!!! It took me about 15 minutes to create a crossword puzzle for my science project!!!!! If you are contemplating whether to buy or not it is definitely worth the money!! This app is the best of any paid app I have! Worth the money! Quick to load, and super easy to share!!! Buy it now!

Love this app!

This app has been great for making puzzles for class! I love that it creates the puzzle, puzzle with hints and the answer key.

Make My Own Puzzles
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 8.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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