Play the daily New York Times Crossword and Mini Crossword for free during the first 7 days. After that, you can play the daily Mini for free. The Crossword and Spelling Bee are available for subscribers only. Want unlimited access to all our games and our crossword archive? Subscribe in the app. Tiles, Letter Boxed and Vertex are not in the app yet and are only available on web.

It’s easy to play anywhere, anytime. As long as you’re logged in, you can pick up where you left off on any device. Your puzzles will be available in the app and on web.

The Crossword: The Crossword in the app is the same puzzle that’s printed every day in the New York Times newspaper. It increases in difficulty from Monday to Saturday. The Sunday puzzle is midlevel (but it’s the biggest).
The Mini Crossword: The Mini is a short crossword that you can complete in a few minutes — it’s perfect to play during the breaks in your day. The Mini doesn’t increase in difficulty throughout the week and features simpler clues.
Spelling Bee: Is scrambling your strong suit? Play Spelling Bee and see how many words you can make with 7 letters. New Spelling Bee puzzles are available every day at 3 a.m. E.T.

Download these themed puzzles and add them to your collection. The first puzzle in each pack is free. Make sure you check back for new packs.

Crossword subscribers can play the Crossword and the Mini from our archives, which date back to 1993.

Check or reveal individual crossword squares, words or the whole puzzle, or turn on Autocheck to help you complete the puzzle.
Enable our dark color scheme to play at any time of day.
Time yourself or disable the timer to play at your own speed.

Complete the daily Mini Crossword and compare solve times with your friends. You don’t need a subscription to access this feature, but you’ll need to set up a free New York Times account if you don’t have one.

Subscription options include an annual subscription at $39.99 per year and a monthly subscription at $6.99 per month. This amount will be charged to your iTunes account if purchased within the app. Your subscription will automatically renew at the end of its term unless you cancel it at least 24 hours before expiration. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings.

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Questions? Suggestions? Issues? Please contact us at or from the app. Your feedback is important to us and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Please note: A subscription to New York Times Games does not include access to any other New York Times products, including but not limited to, mobile news content and other apps on non-iOS devices. You can cancel anytime. The cancellation goes into effect at the start of your following billing cycle.

What’s New

Version 4.22.1

This version contains improvements to keep you solving smoothly!

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It’s time to go back to school! STUDENT has appeared in the Crossword seven times in the Shortz era, clued as “Person making a mark” and “Kind of union.”

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
88.4K Ratings

88.4K Ratings

cardsharky ,

Can no longer make in APP purchases

Now when I try to do a purchase there is no confirm button on the bottom half of the screen. On the top half on the right side it says double click to confirm. This banner is slightly moving but the item I am supposed to double click never appears on the screen. I have an iPhone X and have recently purchased Midi puzzles but now I can no longer purchase. I also looked at a annual subscription but the same screen issues.

Good News. I ended up googling my question and found the answer. That double click message: on the X phone on the upper right side there is a button one can push. So when it said to double click that’s the button they want you to push. So I ended up purchasing an annual subscription. Thought I’d have access to all the $2 - $4 Midi puzzles but that’s not the case. Of course you get access to the big Daily puzzle. But for the Midi’s you have to pay extra as if you had no subscription. BUT I do have access to the Midi archives and thus I have access to 28-31 puzzles for every month of archive.

You got a 5 star rating from me on my initial review when I was having technical problems. So no need to update that.

Developer Response ,

Hey cardsharky - please contact us via the Feedback button in the app so we can try to recreate your experience. Also be sure to update to the latest version of the app which supports iPhone X. Thanks for the feedback!

drmin73 ,

NY Times online crossword puzzle app

For $2 or $3, you get access to the archive of the daily puzzle in addition to all the Monday through Sunday puzzles as they come out. A gold star is available
for each new puzzle that you complete on the day of its issue. It’s an addictive feature that has kept me completing the puzzles each day now for the past two months and counting. Other collections of themed puzzles are available for nominal fees. The included archive alone looks to be enough to keep me occupied for several years to come, at least. These are fun puzzles to experiment with, since the technology allows for rapid, easy letter replacement. I frequently go with my gut on difficult and obscure answers, sometimes finding them surprisingly correct, sometimes transforming entire puzzle quadrants from one set of answers to a largely different set. The letter replacement feature makes this app a clear favorite over the old pen and paper technique. I use the app each day and highly recommend it.

OneManFreakShow ,

Good puzzles and app, subscription terms are a bold-faced lie

I bought a subscription for the puzzles in the app, under the impression that the subscription works on the website as well for use on my MacBook. Where did I get that impression? Directly on the sign-up page in the app, where it states that this is possible. There is even a step-by-step guide on the NYT website on how to access your iTunes subscription by linking your account. When I did this, however, I discovered that it does not transfer any information at all to the web. I talked to a NYT customer service rep and was told that this is not possible, and the website just hasn’t been “updated” to remove the false information. So you pay 4 cents more a month for the iTunes subscription to get LESS access across your devices, and when you ask NYT about it, they tell you that it was never possible and claim that it’s Apple’s fault that the instructions it provides on its website are completely false. Needless to say, I will be getting a refund on my subscription and I doubt I will ever give it any more time or money. A real shame, as I love the daily puzzles and think the app has one of the better faces among the many crossword apps available. DO NOT SUBSCRIBE WITHIN THE APP IF YOU WANT TO USE THIS ON OTHER DEVICES.

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