The best crossword apps for iPad

Crossword puzzles have long been a favorite for those wanting to blow off some steam, burn some time, or use their brain cells (or some combination of all three). Once you step away from the newspaper, there are thousands of crossword apps you can download for the iPad. These have many benefits over paper puzzles. Try one or several of our suggestions for the best crossword apps for iPad. 

13 Mar 2016, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas

Crossword Puzzles! is a free app that allows you to play one free puzzle every day. The app takes you on amazing tours around the world with beautiful HD images. If you have a passion for crosswords and love traveling, then this is the app for you. There are thousands of puzzles available for all skill levels and if you get stuck you can request a hint. Most of the puzzles are available offline, so connectivity isn't a concern. The app supports both portrait and landscape orientations on iPad. When you are done a puzzle, check your work.

  • A free puzzle every day
  • Tour the world with amazing photographs
  • Thousands of puzzles
  • For all skill levels
  • Free with in-app purchases

Crosswords is an award-winning app that allows you to play different puzzles from different newspapers. You'll get new puzzles every day! You can get hints, look at clues, and see how your crossword skills are improving with time. It's easy to see your recently played games, or sort by source, difficulty, or date. Want to compare your score against those of other players? Post your solve times online. You can choose to enter your answers in “pencil” or “ink” too! The upgraded version offers more features like more puzzle sources and the ability to download new puzzles in the background.

  • Enter your answers in “pencil” or “ink”
  • Touch and hold a square to see hints
  • Detailed information on each puzzle
  • UK and UK Cryptic puzzles available
  • Free with in-app purchase to upgrade 

The makers of Crossword: World's Biggest Cross Word set out to make the largest crossword puzzle, and they just might have succeeded. There are over 7,000 unique clues in this huge puzzle that is made up of over 350 crossword grids. There are many trophies to collect and quests to complete in this hand-crafted puzzle. Can you complete all of the individual puzzles? This app is free to download and play, but has optional in-app purchases that will help you unlock puzzles more quickly and to remove ads.

  • Over 7,000 unique clues
  • Finish all 57 quests
  • Collect 45 trophies
  • Unlock all 10 achievements
  • Free with in-app purchases

Little Crossword Puzzles is a collection of mini crossword puzzles that you can solve in under five minutes each. These are perfect for when you want to use your brain but don't have a lot of time to spare, or have a short attention span. The puzzlers come in a variety of difficulty levels and come in three languages. The greatest thing about this app is that you don't have to scroll to see the whole puzzle, or zoom in to read it. Want to skip a puzzle? Go ahead. You can earn coins, or buy them with in-app purchases. The app comes with five free puzzles; after that you will need to purchase them.

  • Mini crossword puzzles
  • Solve them in five minutes or less
  • Different levels of difficulty
  • Skip crosswords you can't solve
  • Free with in-app purchases for more puzzles and coins

Crossword US is a free app that comes with 24 free puzzles you can pick up and play anywhere. All the features are enabled within those free puzzles, and there are no ads. After you've solved all those puzzles, an in-app purchase can buy you the full set of over 480 puzzles, or you can purchase smaller packs. There's a resume button, you can check your answers, and the app works on iPad or iPhone. The puzzles are, of course, in U.S. style. The price to download the remainder of the puzzles is quite reasonable given the number of puzzles you get.

  • Free app that comes with 24 puzzles
  • All features are enabled
  • No ads
  • Pay to download more puzzles
  • U.S.-style puzzles

Lexeme is an anagram solver and crossword completer for people who are stuck on a puzzle. It uses constructions usually found in cryptic crosswords and simple syntax that works well with the iPad. The app can look for words and phrases with missing letters, a pattern inside a pattern at any position, or anagrams of some or all letters. There is also a built-in thesaurus you can use. When looking to solve a fill-in-the-blank puzzle, use a question mark, space, or dot for each unknown letter. If you need to solve the phrase, use a comma to show a space. To solve an anagram, put brackets around a group of letters.

  • Solve anagrams
  • Complete crosswords
  • Included thesaurus
  • Easy to use
  • Free crossword app for iPad

Crossword Puzzle Redstone is a fun crossword app with free included puzzles to start off with playing. The layout and graphics are well done and the app works on all your devices. If you test the free puzzles and want more, new packs are added every month. If you like a good challenging crossword puzzle and you have a decent vocabulary, you will enjoy the ones here. Even better, the hints are free: you don't have to shell out your hard-earned cash to get unstuck.

  • All users have access to the free puzzles
  • New packs added every week
  • Challenging puzzles
  • Decent layout and graphics
  • Free with in-app purchase to remove ads

This is an addictive crossword app with thousands of players daily. You can play alone or compete against others online to complete the puzzle to win prizes. You don't need to pay to play but you can purchase coins via in-app purchases. Hints are available if you need them. There's a daily game to play, and many more waiting to be played in the future. If you like, you can save games to play later. Anyone can play this crossword app.

  • Play alone or in multi-player mode
  • Save games to play later
  • Hints available if you need them
  • All content is free to play
  • Free with in-app purchases for coins or to remove ads

Multiplayer Crossword Puzzle HD FREE gives you challenging, entertaining, daily crossword puzzles for free. The app offers multi-player or solo gameplay. If you decide to compete against other players and get the most points, you'll win. The fonts used are easy to read and there are thousands of words and clues. If you can't guess the answer there is an option called Anagram Hint to help you out. When you play the daily game, press the Play Now button. The timer will start and won't stop until you've completed the puzzle. Want some hints? You will have to spend some of your coins.

  • Solo or multi-player gameplay options
  • Win prizes when you win against others
  • Use Anagram Hint for help
  • Earn or buy coins
  • Thousands of free games

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