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.
Minor bug fix
Ratings and Reviews
I’m normally terrible about writing reviews, but this didn’t have any ratings when I stumbled upon it in the App Store and I really loved it.
I have tried off and on for years to learn to solve cryptic crosswords and have bought several books, pretty much all the ones I could find since there isn’t much available in the US. I usually ended up with a high level understanding of the clue types but either got frustrated by the jump to solving real puzzles or got burned out trying to read a lot of dense text which didn’t stick very well since it would be hard to avoid seeing the answer and really practice.
This did a great job at both breaking up the material into small chunks I could easily resume and giving a lot of practice so I finally felt comfortable with the more difficult clue types. I also loved the example puzzles at the end which gave a good feel of the different sources of puzzles for more practice.
This uses British English which I first thought was a drawback and then realized I actually really liked it. Given that most of the puzzles available are British, being able to learn that way too felt very helpful.
Like a word game with a purpose
I love the step-by-step approach of this app. Small chunks of new information meted out and many pats on the back for progressing.
My improvement would be to give more practice puzzles. I'm not quite ready to move on to the next type of clue and want to polish up my skills on the few that I have already learned.
This app is very clear and actually taught me to do cryptic crosswords! I started as a total novice who could rarely solve a single clue. I’m 1/3 of the way through the app and I can already nearly finish some puzzles!
- Teazel Limited
- 32.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Teazel Ltd
- In-App Purchases
- Access to every chapter $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.