For a while I was doing several online crosswords per day. Lately, I've
had other priorities. I still manage to do some of them on occasion. I
recently heard something on the radio about crossword puzzles (and, I
assume, other brain-intense activities) helping keep Alzheimer's at bay.
So do a crossword for your health!
- New York
Times - This now costs $19.95 per year to access the crosswords, but
it is definitely worth it. The New York Times has the best crosswords
anywhere. The puzzles increase in difficulty as the week goes on. Monday
puzzles are accessible to beginners, and the Saturday puzzles challenge
experts. Uses the Across Lite software. You can download all of their
crosswords going back to October of 1996, and you can access the
solutions by entering the code they give you. You have to wait for the
solution of the current puzzle, though, just like everyone else. There's
a bonus puzzle on Sundays and a monthly bonus puzzle, both only available
- The Boston Globe -
A decent puzzle. It uses a Java applet for solving. It comes with
settings for "Master" (no help available) and "Regular" (you can access
letter hints), and it has a timer, which you can pause if you need to
step away from the computer. One thing I don't like about this
solver is that, in order to switch between across and down, you must press
the space bar; most other solvers let you just right-click to do that.
Minor annoyance only, though. The solution is available, plus it tells
you (by multi-colored flashing) when you have successfully completed the
puzzle. You can access the past 14 puzzles.
- Uses its own downloadable player, or you can get the puzzles in PDF
format to print out and solve with pen/pencil. I much prefer the new
Across Lite that the New York Times uses to this solver. You can access
the past 7 puzzles. Free registration required.
Chronicle - Uses a Java applet version of the Across Lite solver. You
can also download the past 15 crosswords to solve using Across Lite on
your own computer.
- Naples Daily
News - Uses a Java applet version of the Across Lite solver. No
Sunday puzzle available.
Today - Uses a Java applet version of the Across Lite solver.
- Literate Software Systems -
Makers of Across Lite.
- How to make crossword
puzzles - A nice primer on crossword puzzle construction from
Crossdown, a program for creating and solving crosswords. I tried to make
a crossword once using these directions, but I didn't have much
success. I think I would need a searchable dictionary in order to do
this. I may eventually get around to trying this out again.
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Last modified: 23 April 2003