Learn how to solve cryptic crosswords with this interactive app, starting with the basic ideas and easiest types of clue.

Learn cryptic crosswords consists of six chapters that take you step by step through every aspect of solving cryptic clues.

How each type of clue works is clearly explained and supported by examples, with simple diagrams to illustrate key ideas.

Each topic is followed by interactive exercises and practice clues designed to reinforce the learning points, and each chapter ends with a practice puzzle to consolidate your learning.

The final chapter explains how to develop your solving skills further. It ends with a selection of newspaper puzzles and is followed by an extensive set of reference tools to use when solving.

Cryptic crosswords are fun to do and give the brain a good work out, exercising the memory and thinking skills, making new connections and extending vocabulary and general knowledge.

Learn cryptic crosswords will lead you to an enjoyable and stimulating new pastime.

What’s New

Version 1.13

Correction for dark mode users.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

steeevlon ,

Best way and trip around. (11)

I’ve been dipping in and out of cryptic crosswords for years and love them, but it usually takes me a long time to complete a tricky one alone. I really enjoyed this comprehensive and informative guide to solving them. Excellently written, with each section building neatly on the last. Though quite a lot of the content I knew, there were plenty of ideas to really help me refine my cryptic approach. Definitely worth the money for anyone who has always wondered how to do these elusive puzzles!
The slider is annoying though, as the moment you slide it left or right it swipes to the next page, so you have to do it so slowly! And it would be good if there was an option to fill in the clues you understood straight away without having to pick all the options first, just to tick that page off. 😉

Timon Colegrove ,


It takes a lot to please me. I have never ever written or commented on an app before and believe me I use a plethora of them, particularly for music work.
So here it is. Excellence in every particular, brilliant functionality, superbly constructed, logical in the learning journey it takes you on. Thank you to all those at Teazel. In case the developers are reading this and maybe you have already done so - your ‘on screen’ anagram solver technology would be great to have in a stand alone app where one can move the letters around on screen - that would be most useful. Thank you once again for this exceptional app.

hanger281 ,


If you want to learn how to do cryptic crosswords, then this the one. Yes, it’s a steep learning curve, and perplexing at time, but persevere. I’m 70 years old, and this is the first time in my life I’ve attempted cryptic crosswords. Boy does it keep the brain working. and also shows one doesn’t stop learning. The beauty of this app is you can go over points time-and-time again until you ‘get it.’ You can reset the puzzles and go through all of them again. Worth the upgrade price. Have I cracked other cryptic crosswords? Answer: Yes, but a still long way to go. That’s where the challenge and fun comes in :-)


Teazel Limited
33 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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In-App Purchases
  1. Access to every chapter £4.99
  2. Access to every chapter £3.99
  3. Discount price £2.99


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