CROSSWORDS: Sources: Web Sites


  • nytWhy do sites provide puzzles? joy of sharing; advertising/referrals: sell custom puzzles, services, books, tshirts; benefit for paper subscribers; current, premium or additional puzzles, etc.
  • If you are easily overwhelmed, you might want to start with these puzzle sites, selected from the longer table (below).
  • LA Times (LAT) (create free account)
  • NY Times (NYT) (some free; $)
  • Newsday
  • Reagle, Merl (4 recent; free)
  • Universal (same as Mail Tribune Mo-Sa)
  • Washington Post


Downloading Files

  • browsersThere are thousands of web sites where you can print, download or interactively play crosswords. The summary table below lists some of the 'better', 'major' (mostly US) crossword sites, along with several 'List' sites which catalog many more recommended sites. You can discover even more sites on your own by searching, e.g., Google "crossword"; however, it's best to add a particular topic or theme to limit the results, and of course, use safe browsing and computing practices when visiting any site.
  • If you want to download .pdf files for printing later, or .puz files for interactive use in a crossword application, here is a brief refresher on downloading files via your browser:
  1. file linkfind file to download from text description or file (link);
    e.g., NYT 'Classic', Reagle (Sun); LAT;
  2. with cursor, check suffix (.puz, .pdf) in status/location bar; e.g., in Firefox
  3. right-click (Macintosh: ctrl-click) the description (link)
    note: what happens after a (normal) left-click depends on the settings in your browser:
    will it use a browser plugin or helper app to open the file, save file to Downloads folder, or prompt you?
    If file displays in a browser window or tab, use your browser's File: Save As command.
  4. download puzin browser's popup menu, select "Save/Download" command
    • Firefox (example screenshot at right): Save Link As...
    • Safari: Download Linked File As...
    • Chrome: Save Link As...
    • Internet Explorer: Save Target As...
  5. choose location (folder) to save file
  6. open file in appropriate application (double click file, or right-click: Open With), e.g., .pdf with Adobe Acrobat; .puz with Across Lite
  7. solve and enjoy!

Web Source Table Description

  • alphabetically by site name, newspaper, author/editor or [syndicate]
  • a site should work with any web browser/computer, subject to Format requirements
  • over time, sites may change puzzle providers or formats, restrict access (e.g., subscribers only), or disappear -- check site lists of Johnston and Hamel
  • many sites allow printing from browser and include solutions
  • JavaScript (JS): available in most browsers
  • Java, Flash: browser support required; unavailable on some platforms, i.e., iOS
  • .puz: download file to Open later in an Application, e.g., Across Lite, Crosswords
  • .pdf: download; requires PDF viewer app, i.e., Adobe (Acrobat) Reader or Preview (Mac OS X); or interactive app may provide a printable version
  • .gif, .jpg, .png: graphics file; print from your browser or an image application
  • CW: available directly via Crosswords app
    other sites: Crossword Nation; Crooked Crossword; Dell; Fogarty; Glutton for Pun; Gorski; The Herald; I Swear; Kravis; Le Monde; Manchester; Murchie; People; Puzzle Express; Stickler; Sydney Morning; World of Crosswords
    CW*: you can download .puz files from other sites, e.g., LAT, via iPad's Safari web browser; or sync from desktop via iTunes
  • NA: not available, i.e., no puzzles on newspaper's site, though they may appear elsewhere
  • site list: listing of other sites (some already listed here)
  • availability/location of commands (e.g., Check, Reveal), and keyboard navigation (next clue; toggle between Across and Down) will vary for each site/puzzle app; read instructions
  • many sites limit puzzle availability: 1 week - 1 month archive; print or online access lag
  • additional links may be provided for other formats and puzzles
  • many sites are free; a few premium(subscription) sites, e.g., NYT, Telegraph
  • some sites may not display well (or at all) on smaller devices -- see Applications
Source Formats Features Java, .puz, .pdf Acrostics, Cryptic, Diagramless, Easy, Foreign Language,
Kids, NYT (Easy: M,T,W), Newspaper, Standard
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament site list # sites: online: 22; American: 13; Cryptic: 21;
Crisscross: 9; Kids: 4; non-English: 31
Try/time yourself on 8 tournament puzzles! 2006: free; 2008-2017: $20/year; Java required; Win/Mac
Ashland Daily Tidings NA paper: Mon-Sat: Tulsa World [United]?
Boston Globe [Universal] Flash Sun: [.puz]; 2012 Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon, eds.
ChrisWords .puz, .pdf, CW Sun; Chris King
Chronicle of Higher Education .puz, CW Fri; Patrick Berry, ed.
Cruciverb list .puz (LAT, WashPost); sites; blogs
Gaffney, Matt Java; .puz?; CW M-F
Guardian (UK) JS Quick, Cryptic, Quiptic, Genius, ...
Hamel, Ray site list # sites: Daily: 47; Weekly: 26; Monthly: 16
non-English: 54; Other: 195 -- no longer updated
Independent (UK) image; CW Concise; Cryptic
Inkwell Java; CW Fri: [.puz]; 2012 Ben Tausig, ed.
Johnston, Will site list # sites: US: 17; Cryptic: 14
WJ: [.puz] themed; themeless; cryptic
Jonesin' Java; CW Thu: [.puz] Matt Jones
Joseph [King] JS, .pdf; CW Thomas Joseph
Klahn, Bob [CrossSynergy] .puz, .gif, Java
LA Times Flash, .puz; CW* [.puz] (via browse) (create free account);
Rich Norris & Joyce Nichols Lewis, eds.
paper: San Francisco Chronicle #1
+Sun [Flash] same as Merl Reagle
Mail Tribune image page reproduction;
Mon-Sat: [Universal];
Sun: [NYT]; JumbleCrosswords
New York Times [NYT] JS, .puz; CW daily: "Premium" $7/mo; $40/yr (less for digital/paywall subscribers)
Classic; Learning Network (~Wed)
5 free puzzles; articles
newspapers paper (MT Sun: 1 week lag) Mo; Tu; We (archive; 2-6 year lag)
11 Remarkable Crosswords for New Solvers hand-picked samples by Will Shortz; 2/14/2017
indexes: nytxword; xwordinfo$; by constructor
1942-1993 from Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project
paper: Mail Tribune (Sun; 1 week lag); Oregonian #2 (5 week lag)
daily Seattle Times; (6 week lag; Java, .pdf; paywall?)
Wordplay blog; Solving section: other blogs
Newsday [Creator] Java; .pdf; CW Stanley Newman, ed.
(Onion) AV Club .puz, .pdf; CW Wed: [.puz]; 2012 Ben Tausig, ed.
Oregonian [King] JS, .pdf online: Joseph, Premier, Sheffer
paper: #1 [Williams Square]; #2 [NYT]
Piscop, Fred .puz same as MIstupid JS
archives [.puz]: #1, #2
Premier [King] JS, .pdf; CW Sun; Donna Stone
Quigley, Brendan Emmett JS, .pdf, .puz; CW Bawdy Language
Reagle, Merl JS; .pdf; CW* Sun: [.puz]; 2012; Phil. Inq.; unfortunately, Reagle died in 2015, so 'new' puzzles are from previous years site list # sites: 68
San Francisco Chronicle [Universal] Flash paper: #1 (LA Times); #2: Tulsa World [United]
Sheffer [King] JS, .pdf; CW Eugene Sheffer
Telegraph (UK) CW Cryptic, Quick and others; $
Tulsa World [United Feature? Univ?] Flash, .pdf paper: Ashland Daily Tidings; SF Chronicle #2
(UK) Crossword Puzzles site list # sites: American: 8; Education: 5; Other: 7;
Cryptic: 17; Themed: 4
[Universal] (uclick) Flash paper: Mail Tribune Mon-Sat;
other crosswords
USA Today Flash Quick Cross (4x4)
Wall Street Journal (WSJ): Fri, Sat Flash, Java, .pdf Fri: [.puz] Mike Shenk, ed.
Washington Post [CrosSynergy] Flash, .pdf [.puz] (via browse)
Post Puzzler Peter Gordon, ed.
Steve's crosswords
enneagram crucigram
tour de fat filling-in
JS; .pdf; .puz Enneagram Crucigram; Dec 2012
Imagine the form of the Enneagram projected onto a gridded crossword space
-- an "Enneagram Crucigram" (crossword in Spanish is "crucigrama")
The result is a (roughly) circular, mostly symmetric crossword puzzle,
with 9 Enneagram vertex points (gray squares),
clockwise from top: 9, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8…
Theme: a typical name for each Enneagram type begins/ends at (or near) its point;
a corresponding bold "#" clue indicates its starting location.
Other words -- some from psychology and philosophy -- fill out the structure.

A Winning Combo; 3/20/2013
a draft mashup / time capsule for the 100th-anniversary of the Crossword
Wynne's diamond-shaped original (in center), includes notes for solvers of our era;
my 4 corner puzzles describe the original puzzle (who, where, why, when, what),
and use contemporary words/clues that would have been unknown to solvers of 1913.

OLLI Course: Be Safer on the Internet: Connection; Malware; Browsing

An OLLI Olio: Ooh La La; Nov 2011

Ashland Garden Club:
Water, Water Somewhere?; Apr 2015

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) #1;

Tour de Fat; Sep 4, 2010
For the Tour de Fat bicycle parade,
New Belgium Brewing Company, Ft. Collins, CO,
Steve and daughter Kristina created a custom crossword
puzzle costume -- divided into grid & clues (photos on left).
Other riders would stop us in order to fill in an answer;
warning: quite difficult if we were riding, or if someone were
unfamiliar with New Belgium beers and the Ft. Collins area.

Lightweight Backpackers (BIG): Hikes & Gear

CrozzWord samples [.puz]: Phones; Cell Networks; Caffeine; First; Handheld History

Pilates (Pull-Lattes)

CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing & Controls -- for Pharmaceuticals)

Nutrition: Fats [Java]