If you're a regular with solving crossword puzzles, you will surely know of the frustration when you just can't seem to get that one word which will help you move forward. Well, there's an app for that, and it's called A Crossword Solver, available for both the iPhone and iPad.
This app costs $1.99 and can be purchased from the Reference section of the App Store and it will help you solve all kinds of crossword puzzles, whether they are in American or Traditional English.
A Crossword Solver contains more than 270,000 words from American as well as traditional English. This app comprises of a unique and innovative search function which makes it incredibly easy to find words even if you only have a letter or two figured out.
The way it works is that you can search for individual letters and multiple letters, using the full stop and the @ symbol, respectively. So for instance if you have a three-letter space starting with D and ending with G, enter D.G and you will get all the possible words displayed to you instantly.
Alternatively, search for multiple letters using the @ symbol, so if you key in D@G, you will see all the 685 words in the database of the app such as dawning, dazing, dazzling, daydreaming, and deactivating. Scroll through the results to view them all. Users can also search for a combination of single and multiple letters, making this a very smart search method.
I wondered why the developers used the @ and period keys; the choices seem odd at first glance, but when I started using the app, it became so clear. The reason behind the choice of keys is that they are easily accessible on the regular keyboard, so users won't have to switch to the alternative screen each time. This really adds to the user experience as it truly feels like the developers have put some thought and care behind this app.
This app sometimes produces so many results that the developers have had to restrict the number of search results to a thousand. If you find that your search input is producing too many results, it's best to narrow it down.
You'll also be pleased to know that A Crossword Solver is a completely self-contained app, which means that you can easily search for answers on commutes and other situations where Internet access is unlikely.
Contains more than 270,000 words from American as well as traditional English
Two search options: individual letters and multiple letters
A unique word-pattern search which will works for all kinds of clues
Search for individual letters using the full stop, and multiple letters using the @ symbol
Both keys are easily available on the keyboard
Scroll through the results to view them all
Use a combination of single and multiple letters
Will produce so many results that the developers have had to limit them to 1000 words due to memory constraints
Search results are limited to a thousand words due to memory constraints
Symbols for single and multiple letters between letters
A Crossword Solver is hands down one of the best word-finding apps available on the iPhone and iPad. I think that it's a must-have for every vocabulary enthusiast and word nerd, as it's sure to teach you a whole bunch of new words.
Neha has been writing and editing since 2010 and has been reviewing iOS apps since early 2014. She has lived in four different countries and loves having the world at her fingertips thanks to these awesome apps.