260+ professional Cryptic Crossword puzzles to keep you pondering.
29 free puzzles with all features enabled, and no ads.
These are cryptic level crosswords, suitable for seasoned crossword enthusiasts.
- pinch zooming grid
- cheats, highlight mistakes and answer checking
- resume button
- extra preferences (jump letters, grey out completed clues, etc)
If you're finding Cryptic a little too challenging, why not try our standard 'Crossword' or 'Crossword US' apps.
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Ratings and Reviews
GREAT for beginners!
I really like this app! I’ve only started learning how to do cryptic crosswords a year ago, and many of the more well-known ones (like Guardian) are still a bit too challenging for me. I would say these are definitely on the easy side, so if you’re a seasoned cryptic solver, you might not find these challenging enough. But it was perfect for me! I get to practice stretching my brain on puzzles that are the right level that I can actually completely solve them. If you’re not sure it’s for you, you get a whole 28 puzzles with the free app. I went ahead and paid the very reasonable fee to unlock the rest of the puzzles. If I had to change something, I do wish there was more variety of wordplay in the clues. A whole lot of clues are anagram puzzles or “find the hidden word” puzzles, so this app isn’t really teaching me to solve the more difficult ones which have more types of complex wordplay.
The problem with these Cryptic Crosswords is that they're going to run out and I'll be bereft. Teazel generously gives you 18 free puzzles (took in each of nine sets) and for some very low purchase price opens all of them, which is approximately 180 puzzles. It's actually a bit more because there one or two sets that have an extra game.
If you're a cryptic fan like I am, this is a feast of puzzles. I tried to hold myself to one —or maybe just two — puzzles per day but I ended up like a kid in the cookie jar, unable to resist.
There is an option to erase an entire puzzle but I'd really love the option to erase them all in one "swell foop" so I can do them over again. Even better would be to have a new set of cryptic puzzles, but if Teazel won't provide new those, I'll try their regular crosswords to see if they also present a pleasurable challenge.
One caveat for those of us in the States, it helps if you quite a bit of British slang (or can find a translation dictionary) but since it seems the Brits produce lots of good cryotics.
My 80yo mother loves this app. She has become an addict of Cryptic Crosswords. Since she was a teenager she's been into traditional crosswords, but she says she likes cryptic even better.
Personally I hate crosswords. I'm too stupid. But seeing my mother this thrilled with a challenge that she can still meet is worthy of a 5 star review for me.
And 260 puzzles for $4 is remarkable value. Crazy even. Mom's a fan of the app, and I'm a now a fan of Teazel (the developer).
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- Teazel Limited
- 7.9 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2018 Teazel Ltd
- In-App Purchases
- get all 13 Cryptic packs $3.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 1) $0.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 2) $0.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 4) $0.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 3) $0.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 5) $0.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 6) $0.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 8) $0.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 10) $0.99
- pack of Cryptic Crosswords (Pack 9) $0.99