Crosswords for Android
Compatible with Android-powered devices connected to the internet.
Have questions about Crosswords for Android? Find answers at the Crosswords for Android Frequently Asked Questions page!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What newspaper puzzles and providers does Crosswords for Android support?
Crosswords for Android can retrieve puzzles from the following free providers:
Name Schedule Difficulty American Values Club Crossword (Premium subscription required) Weekly (Wednesday) Moderate Andy Kravis, Cruciverbalist at Law Weekly (Saturday) Medium/Hard Chronicle of Higher Education Weekly (Sunday) Moderate Cox & Rathvon/Hook Sunday Puzzles (Boston Globe) (Archives only - moved to the Premium Provider CRooked Crosswords on February 3rd, 2013) Weekly (Sunday) Very Hard/Amazingly Hard CRooked Crosswords: Cox & Rathvon/Hook Sunday Puzzles (Premium subscription required) Weekly (Sunday) Very Hard/Amazingly Hard Neville Fogarty Weekly (Friday) Medium Glutton for Pun Weekly (Wednesday) Very Hard Liz Gorski's Crossword Nation Weekly (Tuesday) Easy Ink Well
(Archives only - ceased publishing on June 24th)
Weekly (Friday) Moderate Jonesin' Weekly (Tuesday) Quick/Moderate Joseph
Monday-Saturday Easy/Simple Matt Gaffney's Crossword Contest Weekly (Friday) Moderate Murchie's Monday Fills Weekly (Monday) Quick/Moderate Newsday Daily Moderate New York Times Classic Twice Weekly (Sunday/Monday) Easy to Nearly Impossible New York Times
(New York Times Premium Crossword subscription required)
Daily Easy to Nearly Impossible The Onion A.V. Club (Archives only - ceased publishing on December 5th, 2012) Weekly (Thursday) Moderate People Magazine (Archives only - ceased publishing on November 22nd, 2013) Monthly (Friday) Simple/Easy Premier
Weekly (Sunday) Quick/Moderate Puzzle Express Weekly (Monday) Simple Brendan Emmett Quigley Monday & Thursday Moderate/Difficult Sheffer
Monday-Saturday Simple/Easy Thinks.com
(Archives only - ceased publication on May 31st, 2011)
Daily Easy/Quick Tulsa World
(Archives only - changed syndicates on June 11th, 2011)
Daily Easy/Quick Washington Post Puzzler
(Archives only, temporarily, due to a puzzle format change)
Weekly (Sunday) Difficult Washington Post TV
(Archives only - ceased publication on November 6th, 2011)
Weekly (Sunday) Simple/Easy World of Crosswords Monthly (Sunday) Moderate
Name Schedule Difficulty Independent Concise Daily Easy/Simple Manchester Evening News (Archives only - ceased publishing online on September 7th, 2013) Daily Easy/Simple Sydney Morning Herald
(Archives only - ceased publishing online on August 29th, 2009)
Daily Easy Telegraph UK Quick
(Telegraph Puzzles subscription required)
Daily Hard/Amazingly Hard
Name Schedule Difficulty The Herald Cryptic
(Archives only - went premium-only on October 4th, 2010)
Daily Hard Independent Cryptic Daily Hard Sydney Morning Herald Cryptic
(Archives only - ceased publishing online on August 29th, 2009)
Daily Very Hard Telegraph UK cryptic
(Telegraph Puzzles subscription required)
Daily Hard/Nearly Impossible
Name Schedule Difficulty Le Monde
(Archives only - ceased publishing online on January 4th, 2011)
Please note: this provider list is subject to change, and new providers are routinely added.
Is there a demo available for Crosswords for Android?
Yes, you can demo Crosswords for Android by downloading the free Crossword Light for Android app! Crossword Light shows off our award-winning interface along with a generous number of pre-loaded puzzles. Download it for free via the Android Market!
How do I enter numbers into a grid?
You can enter numbers by tapping-and-holding on the top row of keys on the keyboard.
I have some ideas and suggestions for Crosswords for Android!
Can I suggest a puzzle or puzzle provider?
You certainly can - just click here and fill out the form, and we'll look into adding your requested puzzles to Crosswords!
Syncing Puzzle Progress
What do I need to sync with my additional devices?
Syncing puzzles between devices requires that you sign up for a Crosswords account. You can create an account by tapping on the Settings gear on the puzzle list screen.
How do I set up puzzle syncing?
To set up puzzle syncing, enter your Crosswords account by tapping on the Settings gear on the puzzle list screen, then scroll down and tap on the Account option.
Once your account has been enabled, simply tap on the Settings gear on the Puzzle List screen, and then tap Puzzle Sync to turn syncing to 'ON'. Make sure you've enabled the same account on any devices that you want to sync.
My puzzles aren't syncing!
Currently only puzzle progress is synced; puzzle lists are not. Puzzle progress is only synced when you open up a puzzle. Just download a previously played puzzle from another device in Crosswords, then open it. You should be prompted that a saved solution is available. Tap 'Update' and your prior puzzle progress will be inserted into the puzzle.
Common Provider Problems
Crosswords won't accept my Telegraph credentials!
Please make sure you're entering in your new Telegraph puzzle, as the Telegraph recently requested that all users reset their password.
Where did the Cox/Rathvon & Hook (Boston Globe) puzzles go?
This provider has decided to move to a subscription model. You can subscribe to their puzzles at crookedcrosswords.com. To download their puzzles via Crosswords, tap on the Settings gear, then select 'Select Puzzle Providers' and tap 'Enter Premium Subscription Info' under 'Crooked Crosswords'. Enter your email address and the password you were provided, and their crosswords will be available the next time you download puzzles.
If you encounter problems with your credentials, or issues with the puzzles, please contact email@example.com.
Where did the AV Club puzzles go?
The Onion AV Club ceased publishing crossword puzzles in December, 2012, but the authors have set up a new subscription service for their puzzles. To subscribe, please visit The American Values Club Xword.
To download their puzzles via Crosswords, tap on the Settings gear, then select 'Select Puzzle Providers' and tap 'Enter Premium Subscription Info' under 'American Values Crossword'. Enter your email address and the password you were provided, and their crosswords will be available the next time you download puzzles.
If you encounter problems with your credentials, or issues with the puzzles, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can't download puzzles via Puzzle Pointers or Cruciverb through your 'Browse the Web' feature!
The most common problem that occurs when trying to import puzzles is simply that the puzzle does not exist at the link that you've tapped on. Several of the sites featured in the 'Browse the Web' list have a number of bad/future links (including the Puzzle Pointer website). In these cases, please note that we do not own or operate any of the the sites linked in the 'Browse the Web' browser, and we cannot provide support for missing puzzles. Sorry!
New York Times Classic puzzles no longer download!
Unfortunately, the New York Times have not updated the free New York Times Classic puzzle since September 16th, 2012. Until they update their puzzle, we cannot download new New York Times Classic puzzles. Sorry!
I'm a New York Times Home Delivery subscriber and I can no longer download NYT puzzles!
In July 2012, New York Times removed Premium Crosswords access for those with Home Delivery subscriptions. However, if you add a New York Times Premium Crosswords Subscription to your Home Delivery account, you'll still be able to download puzzles via Crosswords.
I subscribed to the New York Times crosswords via iTunes and/or the 'NYTimes Crosswords' iOS/Android app, but my credentials do not work in Crosswords!
Unfortunately, subscribing to crosswords via iTunes and/or the 'NYTimes Crosswords' only allows you to access those puzzles from within the 'NYTimes Crosswords' app. You must have a New York Times Premium Crosswords Subscription in order to access New York Times puzzles within Crosswords.
I'm a New York Times Digital Subscriber and I can't download NYT puzzles via Crosswords!
Unfortunately your New York Times Digital Subscription does not allow you access Premium Crosswords via the New York Times website, so your credentials will not work in Crosswords. Sorry!
I'm a New York Times Reader user and can no longer download NYT puzzles!
The New York Times no longer allows Reader users to access the Premium Crosswords area, so your credentials will no longer work in Crosswords.
What happened to the Washington Post TV?
The Washington Post TV is no longer being published, however, older Washington Post TV Puzzler puzzles are still available via the puzzle archive.
Tulsa World puzzles have offset clues/I no longer receive Tulsa World puzzles!
Tulsa World was experiencing a number of problems with their prior crossword provider, including a clue offset issue that caused grid alignment problems with the second half of their puzzles. They've since switched puzzle providers, and we're currently unable to download their puzzles. Our apologies for the inconvenience!
Where did the Philadelphia Inquirer puzzles go?
At the request of the puzzle author we have removed their puzzles from Crosswords. Our apologies for the inconvenience!
Where did the Wall Street Journal puzzles go?
Unfortunately the Wall Street Journal has requested that we remove their puzzles from Crosswords. However, they are still available weekly at http://www.fleetingimage.com/wij/xyzzy/11-wsj.html and can be imported via the Puzzle Calendar (the '+' button on the Puzzle List screen) > 'Browse the Web'. Our apologies for the inconvenience!
I no longer receive the Globe & Mail!
Unfortunately the Globe & Mail has requested that we remove their puzzles from Crosswords, so we can no longer support them within Crosswords. Sorry!
Where did the Houston Chronicle puzzles go?
The Houston Chronicle has changed providers and now features Sheffer and Premier puzzles. If you're looking for CrosSynergy puzzles and are running Crosswords on an Android or iOS device, you can download them by tapping on the '+' button while viewing the puzzle list,
I no longer receive Le Monde puzzles!
Unfortunately it appears that Le Monde has discontinued publishing puzzles on their website as of January 4th, 2011. Consequently, Crosswords can no longer download puzzles for them. Sorry!
Where did the Village Voice puzzles go?
Village Voice puzzles are now known as 'Ink Well', as these puzzles no longer appear in the Village Voice.
Where did the Guardian/Observer puzzles go?
Unfortunately Guardian News & Media Ltd has requested that their puzzles no longer be made available from within Crosswords, and after July 18th, 2010 you will not be able to download any Guardian or Observer puzzles. Our apologies for the inconvenience!
I no longer receive New York Sun puzzles!
Unfortunately the New York Sun ceased publishing on September 30th, 2008. The last available puzzle was October 3rd, 2008.
Why do I no longer receive Sydney Morning Herald puzzles?
Unfortunately the Sydney Morning Herald has decided to only print their crosswords in the print edition of the paper – they’ll no longer be available online. Consequently, Crosswords for iPhone/iPad can no longer download new Sydney Morning Herald puzzles. However, old puzzles are currently still available via the archives.
Why do I no longer receive The Herald Cryptic?
Unfortunately The Herald has decided to move their puzzles behind a pay wall and, at this time, Crosswords does not support their authentication system. Consequently, Crosswords for iPhone/iPad can no longer download new Herald Cryptic puzzles.
I can't view hints for today's Telegraph/People Magazine puzzle!
Unfortunately the Telegraph doesn't publish hints for a puzzle until the next day's puzzle is available (and, in some Telegraph and People Magazine cases, even longer).
However, Crosswords will automatically look for available hints every time you tap 'Get Today's Puzzles' and update the puzzle when they're available, so if your current puzzle is hint-less, try viewing it again the next time you download new puzzles.