This site celebrates NYT crosswords and the people who make them. It provides a comprehensive list of every daily puzzle (and most Variety puzzles) going back to the very first NYT crossword published on Sunday, February 15, 1942. Puzzles with special attributes are noted. Records in various categories are tracked. Shortz Era data is organized by constructor — a feature unique to this site.
See the Grand Tour for a list of features organized by target audience.
The best approach is to poke around and explore. You can view lists of puzzles that meet various criteria, click on a puzzle to see it displayed in full with the answers, click on an answer to see what clues have been used for it, click on the displayed date to see the answer word in context, etc.
Your payment goes largely to running the site or to Treehouse for Kids, a Seattle non-profit providing education assistance and mentoring to foster children.
If all you are looking for are answers to recent clues, the 45 most recent puzzles are always freely available. Older pre-Shortz puzzles are also always available. In fact, you can both see them and even solve them online for free!
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XWord Info is an essential resource for constructors, and crossword enthusiasts will discover lots of interesting insights. Casual solvers will find puzzle solutions and can learn about the rich history of their hobby.
When Jim Horne started blogging about crosswords, he wondered what he could learn about NYT puzzles through statistical analysis, so in 2007, he started XWord Info. In October 2008, his blog moved to The New York Times where he started the Wordplay column, writing there for three years.
Nah. We do our best to expand rebus entries (including ones that are interpreted differently in different directions) and even correctly parse answers that go around corners or do other such tricks, but there are likely still bugs. Please let us know if you spot any.
Puzzles from October 23, 1996, to the present come from the Across Lite files on the nytimes.com website. Originally, that was all we thought we would ever be able to get, but we learned that Barry Haldiman has been collecting crosswords in electronic form for a long time and he has graciously offered to share some of them. Thanks to Mr. Haldiman, we acquired NYT puzzles covering the entire Will Shortz Era back to November 21, 1993.
In 2012, David Steinberg started The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project dedicated to digitizing earlier NYT crosswords. On August 26, 2015, the project declared victory. All known NYT crosswords are now available here on XWord Info. Pre-Shortz stats are kept separate from Shortz Era data.
Constructor photos are courtesy of the puzzle authors themselves. We are grateful to them all.
If they are statistically significant in some way, perhaps there is a particularly low block count or high Scrabble average, they are highlighted in a yellow block. Click the highlighted link to see the relevant stats page and it should be clear why the stat is called out.
Dates here match the publication dates in the New York Times. In syndication, the Sunday puzzle runs a week behind, and the dailies are five weeks behind. There is a link to the syndicated puzzle on the home page, or you can go to the Calendar page and count back the appropriate number of weeks.
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I didn't. Site design is by Robin Troy.
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This useful word list includes many proper nouns, names, phrases, etc. Even after removing all items shorter than 3 letters, longer than 23 letters, and any containing digits like Y2K, there are still 142,831 entries.
We use a few other dictionaries as well. The total number of external words we search for you is 328,902.
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