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 1.11

Minor bug fix

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
852 Ratings

852 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. 😉

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 :-)

The Enigmatic Bomber ,

Great little app

Something I always wanted to do but could never understand how to do cryptic crosswords until now. This little gem of an app takes you through the different rules and clues needed in order to solve the clues. It is set out in an easy to understand format and I feel much more confident in my ability to solve some of the cryptic clues. Some only because I’ve only completed the first three chapters. But even so how enlightened I am becoming. Great little app!


Teazel Limited
32.9 MB

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



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


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