Crosswords Daily for Windows 8/RT


System Requirements

Crosswords Daily requires Windows 8 or a Windows RT device.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

General Questions

  1. Is there free or trial version of Crosswords Daily available?

    We're currently working on a free trial version of Crosswords Daily, and it should be available soon.

  2. What newspaper puzzles and providers does Crosswords Daily support?

    Crosswords Daily can retrieve puzzles from the following providers:

    US-style Providers
    Name Schedule Difficulty
    American Values Club Crossword (Premium subscription required) Weekly (Wednesday) Moderate
    Andy Kravis, Cruciverbalist at Law
    Weekly (Saturday) Medium/Hard
    BuzzFeed (Archives only - ceased publishing on July 19th, 2016) Monday-Friday Easy
    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
    (Archives only - ceased publishing on October 3rd, 2014.)
    Weekly (Friday) Medium
    Glutton for Pun
    Weekly (Wednesday) Very Hard
    Liz Gorski's Crossword Nation
    (Archives only - subscription-only since December 27th, 2017.)
    Weekly (Tuesday) Easy
    Ink Well
    (Archives only - ceased publishing on June 24th, 2014.)
    Weekly (Friday) Moderate
    Jonesin' Weekly (Tuesday) Quick/Moderate
    (King Features)
    Monday-Saturday Easy/Simple
    Matt Gaffney's Crossword Contest (Premium-only as of January 1st, 2015) Weekly (Friday) Moderate
    Murchie's Monday Fills Weekly (Monday) Quick/Moderate
    Newsday Daily Moderate
    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
    (King Features)
    Weekly (Sunday) Quick/Moderate
    Puzzle Express Weekly (Monday) Simple
    Brendan Emmett Quigley Monday & Thursday Moderate/Difficult
    (King Features)
    Monday-Saturday Simple/Easy
    (Archives only - ceased publishing 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 publishing on November 6th, 2011)
    Weekly (Sunday) Simple/Easy
    World of Crosswords Monthly (Sunday) Moderate
    UK-style Providers
    Name Schedule Difficulty
    Independent Concise Daily Easy/Simple
    Manchester Evening News (Archives only - ceased publishing online on September 7th, 2013) Daily Easy/Simple
    Stickler Weekly Weekly (Wednesday) Difficult
    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
    Cryptic Providers
    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
    French Providers
    Name Schedule Difficulty
    Le Monde
    (Archives only - ceased publishing online on January 4th, 2011)
    Daily Moderate

    Please note: this provider list is subject to change, and new providers are routinely added.

  3. Does Crosswords Daily support diagramless crosswords?

    Unfortunately, at this time, Crosswords Daily does not support diagramless crosswords, however, support for diagramless puzzles may be added in a future version.

  4. I have a paid account with a newspaper – can I use my account to download puzzles from their website?

    Yup! Simply open the Preferences charm, and then scroll down to the provider you've subscribed to. Tap on 'Edit Premium Subscription Info' and enter in your username and password.

  5. Can I import my own puzzles?

    Puzzle importing will be supported in a future version..

  6. Can I use Crosswords if my computer or tablet isn't connected via WiFi?

    Yes, you can fill in crosswords if you aren't connected to the internet. However, you can only download puzzles via an internet connection or WiFi.

  7. How many puzzles can Crosswords Daily hold?

    There is no limit to the number of puzzles Crosswords Daily can contain, however, the program may take longer to display the puzzle list screen if you have stored more than 400 puzzles.

  8. I have some ideas and suggestions for Crosswords Daily!

    We'd love to hear your feedback! You can send feedback by going into 'Settings', then tap 'Send Feedback...', or you can email us at and we'll get right back to you!

  9. 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!

Downloading and Playing Puzzles

  1. How do I get new puzzles?

    By default, new puzzles are automatically downloaded daily. However, you can force a re-download by opening the bottom appbar on the puzzle list screen, then clicking/tapping 'Download Recent'.

  2. But I want more puzzles! How do I play older puzzles?

    You can download older puzzles from our archives by opening the bottom appbar on the puzzle list screen, then clicking/tapping 'Download Older'.

  3. Can I buy additional puzzle packs?

    In-app purchases are not available at this time.

  4. I'm sick of my puzzles. How do I remove them?

    You can delete puzzles by opening them and then opening the appbar and selecting 'Delete'.

  5. How do I switch between across and down?

    Just double-tap on the active, yellow, square to toggle from across to down (and vice versa).

  6. How do I navigate the puzzle grid?

    Besides tapping the squares in the grid, you can use the clue jump buttons (< and &rt;) in the clue bar to skip to the prior and next clues. You can also navigate the grid via your keyboard (either on-screen, or external):

    • Directional keys allow you to move up, right, left or down
    • Spacebar will jump to the next available square
    • Enter toggles from across to down (and vice-versa)
    • Tab jumps to the next clue, and Shift-Tab jumps to the prior clue

  7. Can I fill in my answers in 'pencil' instead of in 'pen'?

    Pencil mode will be available in a future version.

  8. Can I enter multiple letters in a square?

    Unfortunately rebus entry is not available at this time. Sorry!

  9. I like to get up close and personal with my puzzles. Can I zoom in on the squares?

    Certainly! To zoom out, simply 'pinch' the section of the grid. To zoom in, simply 'unpinch' the screen.

  10. How do I view the puzzle info and my puzzle stats?

    You can view a puzzle's information while playing a puzzle by tapping on the button or tab labeled 'Info'.

  11. Can I cheat and have the program tell me when I've made a mistake?

    Of course! Go to the Preferences charm and toggle the 'Highlight Mistakes' option so that it's set to 'ON'.

Additional Options

  1. I don't like the game skipping squares for me. Can I change that?

    Not a problem. Open the Preferences charm and change the 'Skip Filled Squares' option to 'OFF'.

  2. Can I keep it from automatically jumping to the next clue?

    Yes - open the Preferences charm and toggle the 'Auto-Jump to Next Clue' option to 'OFF'.

  3. I think I screwed up my puzzle big time. Can I wipe the puzzle clean?

    Yup - just open the bottom appbar, tap the Hints option, then choose either the Clue, Puzzle or All Errors option.

  4. Can I set which papers and providers I download puzzles from?

    Yes! Simply open the Preferences charm, then scroll through the providers to toggle the providers you want to download puzzles from.

  5. Can I turn off automatic puzzle downloads?

    Auto-downloads can be turned off via the Preferences charm.

Common Provider Problems

  1. Where did the NY Times puzzles go?

    Unfortunately the NY Times has requested that we remove authenticated access to their puzzles from our apps. However, you can still play their puzzles in our apps by following these instructions provided below:

    1. Open your device's web browser and visit
    2. Select the puzzle you'd like to play.
    3. Tap or click on the down arrow icon to download that puzzle's AcrossLite file.
    4. If you're playing on an iOS or Android device, you should be prompted to import the puzzle into your Crosswords app. If you're using Crosswords for Mac, simply double-click on the downloaded AcrossLite file to play it.

  2. 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 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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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 and can be imported via the Puzzle Calendar (the '+' button on the Puzzle List screen) > 'Browse the Web'. Our apologies for the inconvenience!

  9. 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!

  10. 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,

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. I can't view hints for today's Telegraph puzzle!

    Unfortunately the Telegraph doesn't publish hints for a puzzle until the next day's puzzle is available (and, in some 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.

Known Issues

  1. Crosswords Daily only occasionally auto-downloads new puzzles!

    There's a bug in Crosswords Daily that will only check for new puzzles if you open a puzzle and then exit back to puzzle list screen, or if you force-close the app and re-open it. This bug will be fixed in the next update. Our apologies for the inconvenience!