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

By Puzzazz, Inc.

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Puzzazz is the best way to solve thousands of free puzzles you can download from the web, many fantastic puzzles of all types that you can buy in the app, and even the NY Times crossword in the only app which is “able to handle almost any New York Times crossword trick,” according to Will Shortz (subscription required).

Learn why the NYT says it’s “snazzy” and Wired calls it “groundbreaking.” Unlike most crossword apps, the Puzzazz app is free, with no extra charge to solve NYT puzzles or those you download.

Puzzazz’s unique, optimized experience, its unparalleled user interface, and its exclusive, award-winning TouchWrite™ handwriting recognition technology make solving more fun, even on small screens. Learn 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 NYT ▶ To solve the New York 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, optimized, modeless 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. If you are using iOS 9, we recommend that you upgrade to iOS 9.2.1, which has a number of critical bug fixes.

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

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

Undisclosed limitations

I loved this app until I began trying to open many of the puz files I've collected over the years. It imposes limits on what files you can open. No NYT before 2013, and apparently no WSJ at all? I guess I just have to wonder every time I go to open a puzzle whether Puzzazz will accept it.

Unable to buy puzzles

It might be a good app but there's no way to buy puzzles

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
  • Updated:
  • 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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