XWord Info is not fading away after all

Jeff Chen is taking over XWord Info so none of the below information is true any more.

XWord Info is getting ready to go into retirement. It will eventually be replaced by a new site concentrating on pre-Shortzian crosswords. Got questions? Here are the answers:

Is this site about to disappear?

No, at least not any time soon. It's just going to stop updating new puzzles at the end of 2013. Old pre-Shortzian puzzles will continue to get added until we're back to the beginning of time.

What is the timeframe?

From now through to August 31, 2013, everything will be exactly as it always has been. You can count on complete and accurate information being available as soon as each NYT puzzle is published.

Starting on September 1, there will no longer be a guarantee that puzzle data is immediately available. It may take days or weeks for information to be updated. That's similar to most other crossword databases, so it's not a significant change. Eventually all data through the end of 2013 will be on this site.

Starting on January 1, 2014, there is no guarantee that new data will ever be available. In fact, if you're making decisions about whether you should donate to get access, you should assume that 2013 is the end of the line.

Wow, I just paid good money for access to this site. Can I get a refund?

Yes! If you bought a new membership or a renewal through PayPal on or before July 1, 2013, you'll still have full access through for your entire year. In early 2014, there will be a special "I Got Ripped Off!" page where you can get a pro-rated refund. (That would be up to half depending on the date you last paid.) If you choose this option, your access will be turned off as soon as you are refunded.

If you subscribe or renew after July 1, well, you're going in with your eyes open. You'll have a year of full access to all the data through 2013 and all the other features.

I don't care about the puzzles so much, but I rely on the Finder Page. Will that keep going?

Yes! For many people, the value of their XWord Info membership is almost entirely in the ability to find words from daily, variety, and pre-Shortz puzzles, and from the Scrabble™ and full English dictionaries. You can keep doing that. The only difference is that after January 1, 2014, the NYT data will probably not be complete.

For me it's the Analyze Page. Can I continue to use that?

Yes! You can continue to analyze your own puzzles and create on-line solver pages for your test solvers or your fans.

XWord Info has tons of useful computer code. Since you're not using it any more, would you give it to me? I have some vague ideas about how I might use it in the future.


Why not?

I have some vague ideas about how I might use it in the future.