The crossword as we know it is over 100 years old – with the first being published in a December issue of the New York World newspaper, way back in 1913. Originally named word-cross, a printing error meant the words were transposed resulting in the new name crossword.

Crosswords are solved by filling a grid with words based on clues provided. Various twists on the concept have been seen over the years – with Skeleton and Cryptics being the most popular of these. However, the original format remains one of the most played puzzles of today.

Find out more about crosswords in our Puzzles A-Z

Like crosswords?
There are a number of variations of the traditional crossword that you should try if you haven’t already (Skeleton and Cryptic), and there’s a good chance you’ll like Piecewords, Backwords, arrowords and codewords too!

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Online Crossword

Like to play your puzzles online? We have a huge selection that you can play right now in your web browser!

Crossword Apps

Our Crosswords Puzzler app is perfect for crossword fans and is available on iOS, Android and Kindle.

We have a Cryptic version for those who prefer their crosswords a little more, well, cryptic – or, if you fancy something different, check out Piecewords and Backwords.

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Crossword Magazines

As one of our most popular puzzles, crosswords feature in many Puzzler magazines besides being the star of a number of dedicated titles.

Crossword Books, Printables and Other Products

We have a huge range of crossword products to satisfy your puzzle hunger. Choose from books, printables and more – we have it all!