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Crossword Solver


You can use our crossword solver to help you find the answers to a lot of clues. To get started right away you just have to type the clue into the input field and select either one of the suggested clues or press the search button. You can also filter the results by length using the buttons beneath the input field. All features are explained in more detail below.

Crossword Clues

You can insert the crossword clues or questions into the main input field and either press the search button or choose from up to 10 clues that might be similar to your clue. To submit the form you can also just hit the Return key on your keyboard.

Filter by Crossword answers and given letters

Use the filter buttons below the clue input field to select the length of the answers or even some letters the solutions should contain. This even works without any clue given, just in case we have the answer, but our clues sound different than yours.

To activate the letter filter you first have to select the length by clicking on the according button below the clue input field. If your answer has just one letter or contains more than 10 letters, simply click on the “2” or “10+” button and later adjust the length by clicking on the “+” or “-” buttons or hit these signs on your keyboard.

You can now insert the given letters into the according fields and navigate between the fields using the TAB key or the arrow keys on your keyboard. Once you are satisfied with the answer filter you can submit the request with the search button or the Return key.

Crossword results

There are even several functions you can perform on the result table.

In order to sort the results by clues, hints or length in the result table alphabetically you only have to click on the headline in the table header.

You can dig deeper into individual clues or answers by simply clicking on them in the result table. If you click on a clue, you will see the page with all its answers and vice versa.

If you find a problem with one clue or answer just click on the exclamation mark in the appropriate row to fill in the feedback form below. Please specify the issue in the message field and send us your comment so we can fix it. You can also use the form to inform us about missing entries.

The New York Times crossword has not printed hints like ''2 wds.'' and ''3 wds.'' since the early 1950's, so be on your toes for multiword answers. One answer that always seems to trip solvers up is R-A-N-D-R, which was clued as ''Leave time?'' when it first appeared in a Times puzzle several years ago. Afterward lots of solvers called and wrote me saying that they couldn't find the word RANDR in their dictionaries, and where did I get it? I had to inform them gently that the answer was three words, R AND R, as in the time when one goes on leave.

A question mark at the end of a clue can mean several things. In the above clue for R AND R, it means ''This clue is tricky! Be careful!'' It can also indicate that the answer only loosely fits the clue. For example, ''Cause for a head-slap?'' (BONER). Making a boner may or may not be cause for slapping one's forehead. When question marks appear at the ends of the clues for all the long answers in a puzzle, usually the marks are signals for related puns.

No matter how tricky or misleading the clues, they will always follow a fairly strict set of rules. Most important, a clue and its answer will always be expressed in the same part of speech and as a rule must be interchangeable in a sentence, with the same meaning each way.

If a crossword answer is not a Standard English word, the clue will usually signal this fact. Thus, a slangy answer will have a slangy clue. The clue for an abbreviated answer will contain the tag ''Abbr.'' or else a word that is not usually abbreviated (''Entrepreneur's deg.'' = M.B.A.). Similarly, words that are strictly foreign will be signaled either directly (''Boy: Sp.'' = NINO) or indirectly (''Son, in Sonora''). By convention, diacritical marks are ignored in American crosswords, so don't worry about that tilde in ''niño.''

True crossword cognoscenti observe the bylines on the crosswords and prepare themselves accordingly. Cathy Millhauser, a frequent Times constructor, is famous for puns. In a puzzle called ''M-M-M'' she changed N sounds to M's at the end of familiar phrases, like SAVINGS AND LOAM, AMERICA ON-LIME and AS CRAZY AS A LOOM. Knowing her tendencies helps you nail one or two of the long puns, and you have a big advantage in getting the others.

The constructor's age is sometimes reflected in a puzzle. Frances Hansen, 81, one of The Times's longest-running crossword contributors, produces elegant grids full of classical knowledge, while Brendan Emmett Quigley, 26, a guitarist for a rock band in Boston, conveys a younger, more pop-cultured sensibility.

If you get stuck on a puzzle, a time-honored technique is to put it aside and return later. Perhaps the brain works subconsciously on problems in the interim. Whatever the case, a fresh look at a tough puzzle almost always brings new answers.

A question I am asked often is this: ''Is it cheating to use references?'' In reply I always quote Will Weng, one of my predecessors as Times crossword editor: ''It's your puzzle. Solve it any way you want.'' And is it cheating to call The Times's 900 number to get answers? Well, of course! But what nobody knows won't hurt you.

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