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Crossword Puzzles, Variety Puzzles, Cryptic Crosswords, and Other Puzzle Challenges from Puzzazz

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Solve thousands of free crosswords from the web with Puzzazz’s fantastic UI including its award-winning TouchWrite™ handwriting recognition. If you’re an NYT crossword subscriber, you should solve in the only app that presents the print edition faithfully (Will Shortz says it’s the only app which is “able to handle almost any New York Times crossword trick”). Plus, there are tons of great puzzles of all types for sale.

Should we mention that the NYT says it’s “snazzy” and Wired calls it “groundbreaking”? And did you know that Puzzazz is free, unlike most crossword apps, and there’s no charge to solve NYT puzzles or those you download?

Puzzazz’s unique, optimized user experience and its exclusive TouchWrite technology make solving more fun, even on small screens. It won’t take you long to see why puzzle lovers call it “fantastic,” the “best way to do the NYT,” and “Hands down the best crossword puzzle app.”


From Puzzazzz ▶ Browse through puzzles by world-class authors, some of the best you’ll find anywhere and solve hundreds of free puzzles. You can try before you buy because every book starts with free puzzles!

From the New York Times ▶ To solve the NY Times crossword, just enter your Crosswords subscription credentials to get started.

From the web ▶ Our Puzzle Downloads book contains links to many independent authors’ web sites, which have puzzles you can download or subscribe to, as well as commentary you’ll find interesting. For free downloads, simply tap on the Download or Solve in Puzzazz link for the puzzles you want to solve; for puzzle subscriptions, open the puzzles directly from the subscription emails you receive.


“The people at Puzzazz have been working hard on cultivating quality puzzles and developing TouchWrite, a groundbreaking new technology for doing puzzles on the screen.” —Wired

“TouchWrite is an awesome technology” — GeekWire


“Best APP Ever! The TouchWrite technology is perfect, especially when I use it on the phone.” —Jackleroy

“Fantastic puzzle app! Some things are actually better than solving on paper.” —Wendell O.

“Best puzzle experience out there! The TouchWrite software alone puts Puzzazz way ahead of the field. I also love the selection of books—something to satisfy all types of puzzlers.” —puzzlefan1001

“Puzzazz is the most user friendly of the puzzle apps out there. They have puzzles by masters of the craft.” —Toddwseattle

“Best way to do the NYT! Best part is extra features for some of the gimmick puzzles.” —derekallen7

“I specifically subscribed to the New York Times Premium crosswords because this app supports them.” —hightemp

“Killer app! Was looking for a good crossword app and so far this is the best I’ve found.” —CadillacCruiser17


Puzzazz is designed by puzzle lovers for puzzle lovers, with a solving experience that is all about the puzzles. It’s an elegant and optimized experience for puzzles of all types.

Puzzazz is built with an eye toward how you solve puzzles, from our TouchWrite handwriting recognition to subtle features for left-handed and color blind solvers. You can always see both Across and Down clues at the same time, no matter how you orient your device, and you’ll appreciate automatic clue highlighting, including cross-references. Take notes on a clue or mark a cell in the grid. Time yourself if you want (you can compare your time on the puzzle leaderboards). Get a hint if you need one.

Puzzazz is not just the best crossword puzzle app—it’s the best app for all types of puzzles, including cryptic and variety crosswords, and many previously available only on paper, including acrostic, cryptogram, word, logic, Mentagy, rebus, mystery puzzles, plus the spectacular Maze of Games. Puzzazz supports everything you find in crosswords, including rebus (multiple letter) cells, extra or missing clues, and unusual grids. If you solve cryptics, you’ll love the smart hinting.

What's New in Version 4.1.6

• Minor bug fixes
• Puzzazz still supports all versions of iOS between 5.1.1 and the latest release, and all devices that will run those operating systems. If you are using iOS 9, we recommend that you use iOS 9.2.1 or higher.

NOTE: If you have problems immediately after updating to 4.1.6, please terminate the app, then open Safari and enter puzzazz://reset to restart Puzzazz. If the problem persists, please contact us so that we can help you.

4.1 also includes:
• Compare your solve times with Puzzazz Leaderboards. Every puzzle, including New York Times crosswords and puzzles you download, has its own leaderboard. To add your solve time to the Leaderboard, start the timer when you start solving a puzzle. To view the Leaderboard, tap the Show Leaderboard button at the top of your solved puzzle.
• Added ability to clear a puzzle and start over, convenient if you share a device with somebody.
• Bug fixes for iOS 9 and new devices.

We always appreciate your feedback and reviews. If you have any questions or problems with the app, or you don't think we've earned a 5-star review, please use the feedback form in the app or on our web site or email us at, so that we can reply to you. Thanks!


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Customer Reviews

App is fantastic, and puzzles tons of fun!

I've been using the puzzazz app for about two years now...The app is versatile, and easy to use. You can draw letters with a finger or use the keyboard, and can either purchase puzzles through the app or download puz format crosswords from all over the Internet to use in the app. The games I've purchased through the app are clever and fun, and enjoy doing puzzles I've downloaded elsewhere in the app rather than within a proprietary software or on paper. For new puzzlers, the app is great--the information provided by the app helps introduce puzzlers to deeper puzzle types like puzzle hunts and cryptic crosswords, and is just the beginning of the fun. Download this app today!

Best word puzzle app on the market

I have solved almost 1000 puzzles in the app. It offers a plethora of excellent puzzles written by the best constructors operating today. The prices are incredibly reasonable and the value is excellent. There are many freebies available so you can try before you buy. This app is taking too much of my time and that's the best evidence of its excellence!

Good for variety crosswords

I enjoyed the spirals and variety puzzles. I hope more of that type will be offered. Interface is clunky but worth it for the type of puzzles I enjoy. I'd give it 5 stars if it offered Pencilwise by Games Magazine

Crossword Puzzles, Variety Puzzles, Cryptic Crosswords, and Other Puzzle Challenges from Puzzazz
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
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  • Version: 4.1.6
  • Size: 71.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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