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.
XWord Info is an essential resource for constructors, and crossword enthusiasts will discover interesting insights. Casual solvers will find puzzle solutions and can learn about the rich history of their hobby.
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.
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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 these older crosswords online for free!
Many other pages require you to sign up for an XWord Info account.
Only for the Solve and Print options. Those links go directly to nytimes.com.
See previous question. Make sure you're logged on to your NYT Games Subscription.
Same thing. You might try downloading them directly from https://www.nytimes.com/crosswords.
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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, he was hired by The New York Times to start the Wordplay column, writing there for three years.
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 now come from the New York Times through a legal agreement we have with them. Originally, we didn't think we could get older puzzles, 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 back to November 21, 1993, the start of the Will Shortz Era.
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. A few very old ones are artificially colorized.
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.
We want to demonstrate how useful and how popular our Finder Page is.
It's not page views. We count each click of the Search or Regex button. As of this moment, we've processed 27,173,256 searches. That seems like a lot.
Dates here match the publication dates in the New York Times. In syndication, the Sunday puzzle runs two weeks 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.
XWord Info is an ASP.NET web application running on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Data is stored in SQL Server. Software development is done in Visual Studio with the help of ReSharper. Server-side code is written in C#. Client-side code is written in TypeScript. We use jQuery and a few of its associated libraries. Now you know.
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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 142,829 entries.
We use a few other dictionaries as well, totaling 719,825 unique external words.
Funny you should ask, because we don't actually get the data from OneLook.
We do get it from the exact same data source that OneLook and RhymeZone and some other sites use: DataMuse. We're grateful that they provide this awesome resource.
Wordnik is a different external source for words and phrases only, not patterns. It provides audio pronunciations and a large number of definitions from many dictionaries — useful for writing clues.
A note on both OneLook and Wordnik — because they use external data outside of our control, they can return results that are inappropriate for crosswords. Caveat emptor.
Short answer: our site is secure, and we protect your data.
We take security seriously. Our pages are served using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL.) That’s the same encryption system your bank uses for web transactions. That lock icon next to the address bar in your browser guarantees that your information cannot be intercepted by third parties.
Passwords on our site are always encrypted. We cannot retrieve your password for you, but we can provide links that let you set a new password if you ever forget yours.
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XWord Info is © 2007-2023 by Jim Horne. Jeff Chen owns the copyright on his commentary.
Crossword puzzles are © 1942-2023 by The New York Times. Their data is used here with permission.