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New York Times Crossword Answers and Insights

XWord Info is the essential resource for crossword constructors and enthusiasts.

Whether you're stuck on a clue or searching for the best way to fill your grid, you'll find help here. Take the Tour to learn more, or read the FAQ.

NOTE: We may not add any puzzles after Sunday, October 8, 2023. Consider that before sending money. No refunds for payments made after September 30.

The latest puzzle we currently have is Thursday, September 28, 2023.

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What's going on with XWord Info?

Discussions are ongoing but here's what we know now:

  • The Finder Pages will go on as before, including Clue and Replacement searches.
  • Word list downloads will continue. Jeff Chen will still make frequent updates.
  • Pre-Shortz puzzles and data will live on.
  • Some other pages may survive, but updates will be infrequent.
  • Jeff won't be adding more commentary but join his email list to stay connected.

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Personal collections

Crosswords from The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project

Data from puzzles before Will Shortz became editor are kept separate from modern puzzle stats. XWord Info has all 16,083 pre-Shortz crosswords from 2/15/1942 to 11/20/1993.

Selected pre-Shortz observations