The best crossword in the world is better than ever! Enjoy the same puzzles printed in the daily newspaper in the crossword app built by The New York Times.

Start playing with unlimited access to the daily puzzles for seven days. After that, subscribe for full access to The Crossword on iOS and at

The Crossword subscription gives you access to The Crossword in the app and on Just connect or create an account and play anywhere. Your puzzles will be available in the app and on the web.

This is the same puzzle that’s printed every day in The New York Times newspaper. Each daily puzzle is available the evening before at 10 p.m. E.T. (6 p.m. E.T. on weekends); enjoy Tuesday’s puzzle on Monday at 10 p.m. Practice and learn how to solve the puzzle on Monday or Tuesday, or challenge yourself with even more challenging puzzles later in the week.

Mini Puzzles are short, sweet and available every day without a subscription! Get a quick crossword fix when you don't have time for a daily puzzle.

Download these themed puzzles and add them to your collection. The first puzzle in each pack is free to try. Check back for new packs!

Subscribers can also play over 20 years of classic puzzles from our archives.

Solve puzzles with tricks like rebuses, related clues, checking, revealing and more!

Solve the daily Mini and compare your time with your friends.

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 within the app itself. Your feedback is important to us and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Please note: A subscription to The New York Times Crossword does not include access to any other New York Times products, including but not limited to or mobile news content, e-reader additions, Times Premier, NYT Now, or other apps on non-iOS devices. No cancellations are allowed during active subscription period.

What’s New

Version 3.4.1

More updates of our code and bug fixes to keep you solving smoothly.

Since Will Shortz began editing the puzzle in 1993, these are the most common bug answers that have appeared in the puzzle: APHID (45), FLEA (59), GNAT (109) and ANT (306)

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61.7K Ratings

61.7K 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.

wsomar ,

Wonderful app, but no ink support and frequent sync issues

This is a great app that I have loaded on several platforms, so it’s hard not to compare amongst the different versions. I rate it 5 stars on other platforms.
It’s very unfortunate that the app on iOS does not support inking. For those not familiar, this means the ability to use the Apple Pencil to hand-write the letters directly into the box. This has been supported for years in the app on other platforms. Maybe now that Apple has finally embraced pen/pencil input we will get it in the near future.
Being able to directly scribble a letter directly into a box makes the application such much more relaxing and intuitive. When I have the choice, I will always grab one of my “other” devices to complete a crossword because of this reason.
Another quirk in the app is the synchronizing of completed puzzles across devices. Complete a puzzle on Device 1 and it will show up as not complete on Device 2. It’s not until you attempt to open it on Device 2 that the application figures out that: Oh! You *did* complete this.
Obviously, if you only have one device and do not use stylus input then these shortcomings do not affect you.


The New York Times Company (iDP)
47.7 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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