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

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The NYT says it’s “snazzy,” Wired said it’s “groundbreaking.” Puzzle lovers call it “fantastic,” the “Best way to do the NYT,” and “Hands down the best crossword puzzle app.”

Solve thousands of high quality puzzles from Puzzazz or the web, in the only app with a full-fidelity digital experience for the New York Times crossword. 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. GeekWire says “TouchWrite is an awesome technology” and we think you’ll agree.


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 Premium Crosswords subscription credentials to get started.

From the web ▶ Our Puzzle Downloads book contain 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 interface looks snazzy, and you can download books galore by some of your favorite constructors.” —New York Times Wordplay blog

“Puzzazz is able to handle almost any New York Times crossword trick” —Will Shortz, NYT Crossword Editor

“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


“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 4.1.1

4.1 adds two frequently requested features:
* Compare your solve times with others on our new 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.
* You can now clear a puzzle and start over, convenient if you share your device with somebody else.

We also fixed some problems with iOS 5.1 that affected some puzzles in The Maze of Games. 4.1.1 adds some additional minor bug fixes.

If your last version was Puzzazz 3.x, read the Version 4.0 release notes for info on improved support for iPhone 6 and iOS 8, the puzzle timer, solve sounds, and more.

We're always interested in your feedback. If you love what we're doing, we greatly appreciate 5-star reviews. If you think we can be better, please let us know via the contact form in the app or on our web site. Thanks!


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Customer Reviews

Best of its Kind, Needs Some Fine Tuning

I like crosswords and enjoy using this app almost daily. It's rare that I do the Times crossword with paper now. The ability to write the characters on the screen is a nice innovation for a crossword app, and better approximates the traditional experience than using a keyboard.

I am a cryptic fan, and it's nice to see an app that is so aware of cryptics. Rebus cells are also handled gracefully.

As I have pointed out to the authors, there are two annoying quirks in the otherwise pretty good character recognition that should be improved. You just write the letter with your finger on the touch screen. It's cool. But it consistently recognizes A as M, to the point where it can be difficult to get an A in there. I have not found a reliable way to do it. And it often recognizes N as backspace-erase.

Puzzazz is so good in other respects that it's worth putting up with these quirks. But with the amount of effort and care that's obviously gone into this app, it's puzzling (or Puzzazzling) to see these issues, and I hope they will soon be addressed.

Good App

It does a great job. You searched for a crossword app and ran across this. Download it as it does a credible job. Remembering what crossword book you have worked on or are working on, it remembers not. That seems like a rather trivial and obvious fix. The ransom-note-letter recognition feature (all block letter) is nifty and mostly works. Nice job.

Many nice things, especially content. But frustrating

I especially appreciate the large variety of content. But it doesn't support my bluetooth keyboard, which is a major pain.

Looking forward to updates. :-)

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: 4.1.1
  • Size: 47.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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