Black Ink Crosswords 4+

Solve crosswords with style

Red Sweater Software

    • 4.3 • 19 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Black Ink, the popular Mac crossword-solving app, is now available for iOS! Enjoy the stunningly beautiful grids and elegant solving mechanics of this beloved app. Works with multiple free puzzles available on the web, and with paid puzzles including the New York Times, American Values Club, Inkubator, Crossword Nation, and more.

What’s New

Version 2.2.1

Version 2.2.1 is a quick fix to address a printing problem where larger puzzles would sometimes print with clues missing off the bottom of the page.

Version 2.2 added brand new PRINTING functionality for puzzles. Use the built-in printing feature to produce gorgeous, paper-based puzzles when you're in the mood to solve "the old-fashioned way", or when you need a stack of puzzles to solve while you're away from your phone or computer.

Puzzle printing is available to all customers who have unlocked premium features by purchasing a subscription or one-time unlock. Users who have not unlocked premium features can still try the feature out! Try printing any puzzle and a demo puzzle will be printed instead.

This update also includes support for rendering animated graphical overlays on puzzles that specify them.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

cypressf ,

Kudos for including a one time purchase

I like that there’s an option to buy the premium features once instead of subscribe

Paul Kafasis ,

My Daily Dose

I use Black Ink on my phone every morning to complete the NYT and WSJ crosswords. It’s simple and straight-forward, and never gets in my way. Try it!

walrus-moose ,

my preferred crossword app

my favourite feature is being able to solve nyt puzzles without all the graphical hints that lessen the solving experience. i want the focus on the solving experience—not circles, animations, or other constructor conceits which shout “look at what i made”.

i often begin trying to solve downs-only, so a way to (initially) avoid showing acrosses would be useful. an across-only mode would make sense as well.

i appreciate the regular-sized keyboard. it results in fewer fat-fingered typos.

- timing statistics for tracking mental changes. being able to export to numbers would be great.
- option to reduce the clue type size to avoid the 3-lines puzzle “bounce”

App Privacy

The developer, Red Sweater Software, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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