Puzzazz’s ad-free bookstore has more FREE puzzles than ever, including new daily KenKen® and hand-crafted Sudoku puzzles. Solve the NYT Crossword¹ in the only app that presents the print edition faithfully—NYT editor Will Shortz says it’s the only app which is “able to handle almost any New York Times crossword trick.” Puzzazz’s award-winning TouchWrite™ handwriting recognition makes solving more fun, especially on small screens, the perfect icing for our unique, optimized user experience designed by puzzle lovers for puzzle lovers.

Puzzazz is “snazzy” (says the New York Times), “groundbreaking” (says WIRED), and “TouchWrite is an awesome technology” (says GeekWire). Reviewers think it is “fantastic,” the “best way to do the NYT,” and “Hands down the best crossword puzzle app.”

Browse our selection of more than a hundred ebooks of great hand-crafted puzzles of all types. Try the free puzzles in each ebook and then buy the rest if you like what you’ve solved. Puzzle ebook sales not only benefit our authors, but they allow us to keep the app free and ad-free with high-quality puzzles for everyone.

▶ We’ve got oodles of puzzles

Browse through thousands of puzzles by world-class authors–some of the best you’ll find anywhere—and solve hundreds of free puzzles. Try before you buy because every ebook starts with free puzzles!

From the NYT — Just enter your Crosswords subscription credentials to get started. Puzzles will download automatically each day when they are released.

From the web — Open puzzles directly from the web or email to solve in Puzzazz.

▶ The reviews are stellar

“The people at Puzzazz have been working hard on cultivating quality puzzles and developing TouchWrite, a groundbreaking new technology for doing puzzles on the screen.” —Wired

“Best APP Ever! The TouchWrite technology is perfect, especially when I use it on the phone.” —Jackleroy

“Fantastic puzzle app! Some things are actually better than solving on paper.” —Wendell O

“Best puzzle experience out there! The TouchWrite software alone puts Puzzazz way ahead of the field. I also love the selection of books—something to satisfy all types of puzzlers.” —puzzlefan1001

“Best way to do the NYT!” —derekallen7

“I specifically subscribed to NYT Premium crosswords because this app supports them.” —hightemp

▶ Our experience is optimized for you

Puzzazz is built with an eye toward how you solve puzzles, from our patent-pending TouchWrite handwriting recognition and Bluetooth keyboard support to on-screen keyboards designed specifically for different types of puzzles. Use your Apple Pencil or 3D Touch to quickly switch between “pen” and “pencil” input. If you’re left-handed or color blind, you’ll appreciate that we haven’t ignored you. Plus, Puzzazz supports Split View and Slide Over, allowing you to Google a clue (or watch a movie!) while solving a puzzle.

You can always see the complete puzzle, plus both Across and Down clues at the same time, no matter how you orient your device or which options you choose (like showing Answer Boxes). Puzzazz supports all of the tricks authors and editors like to use, like unusual grids or clues. You’ll appreciate automatic clue and cross-reference highlighting, easy rebus (multiple letter) entry, and the built-in hinting (with smart hinting for cryptics). Take notes on a clue or mark a cell. Time yourself if you want (you can compare your times on the puzzle leaderboards). Rate puzzles you solve and see how your ratings compare with others’.

Puzzazz’s powerful puzzle engine makes it the best app for all types of puzzles, many previously available only on paper, Puzzle types include crosswords, cryptic and variety crosswords, diagramless crosswords, acrostic, cryptogram, word, Sudoku, KenKen, logic, Mentagy, mystery puzzles, and many more. And check out the spectacular Year of Puzzles, Maze of Games, Cryptic All-Stars, and Variety Show.

¹ NYT Crossword subscription required

What’s New

Version 6.1.1

Improved iOS and iPadOS 13 compatibility, improved diagramless crosswords, improved support for physical keyboards, color tweaks to improve legibility for color blind people, other bug fixes and improvements. The puzzle answers for The Maze of Games have been released, which means hints may now be used when solving.

This release fixes problems with importing downloaded puzzles in .puz and ipuz format into Puzzazz in iOS/iPadOS 13. Note that the way files are downloaded and opened in some applications has changed significantly with iOS/iPadOS 13, and different apps provide different user interfaces for downloading and opening files. Some apps may require you to Download a puzzle and then Open it, while others provide a single operation which both downloads and opens a file. In some applications, you must Save a file to Apple's Files app before you can open it. In Safari, you must download a file and then tap on the downloads icon (a circle with a downward arrow in it at the top of the screen) in order to open the files.

The Puzzazz app does not have any control over the process until after you choose to Open a file in Puzzazz (this may be labeled Copy to or Share with in some cases). The Puzzazz choice may be hidden by default. If this happens, there is a More button which will reveal additional choices; you may need to scroll to see it (in most cases, you can promote Puzzazz so it will always appear without having to use the More button). Some applications report that they support ipuz files but do not actually seem to support them. If you choose such an application to open an ipuz file, nothing will happen (and Puzzazz will not open either).

6.1.1 fixes some problems with iOS 9 and iOS 10 that occurred with 6.1.

If you are using iOS/iPadOS 13, we recommend you get 13.1.2

Thanks for using Puzzazz! We always appreciate feedback and reviews.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Journeyman2015 ,

This is one impressive app

About the only real suggestion I have for the developers is that I wish there were puzzles besides crosswords for the Puzzle Downloads area. Otherwise, this app is perfect. You don't have to waste money on books that aren't at your level because you can try a puzzle(s) for free in each, and the $3 asking price a toss is quite reasonable for the quality of the brain teasers you get. Thumbs up!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your thoughts. We'd also like to see more types of puzzles available for download, but we don't control what independent authors post on their web sites. If there's an author you'd like to see, we suggest you contact them and ask them to make their puzzles available in ipuz format (see

Oddsoxx ,

Love this app

It took a little practice with the Apple Pencil to get the letters right consistently but it works great now! I love the variety of puzzles and the fact that I can do one or two in each book before deciding whether to buy the book or not.

I’ve always enjoyed crossword puzzles in paper form but not so much on the iPad until I discovered Puzzazz. Being able to write in the answers as opposed to typing on a little keyboard, makes it perfect for me.

rgarner ,

Apple Pencil - no help section

I have at length looked for tutorials of how to use the Apple Pencil with the different puzzles on Puzzazz but have yet to find one, and while most of the writing technique is pretty intuitive, I’m extremely frustrated that there is not an easily find-able guide to how to write letters and numbers for each type of puzzle and what might be the most efficient way to use the Pencil on each puzzle. The only reason to use this app is because you want to utilize your Pencil while playing games making the omission of a help section especially problematic, hence the one star review. It would be a five star review if this matter was addressed.

Developer Response ,

Tap the ? on the top of the home to access our extensive help. "Handwriting Recognition" is the second item. Open that for complete documentation on how our TouchWrite handwriting recognition work, including how to best use the Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro and what letter forms work best. With regard to your specific question about how best to use the Apple Pencil in each puzzle type, the Pencil (or your finger) works the same in every puzzle. This is one of the strengths of Puzzazz — just like with paper, you don't have to learn new methods for each type of puzzle. Just write naturally. Please let us know if there's anything you think is missing from that documentation.


150.1 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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In-App Purchases
  1. A Daily Crossword Book One $2.99
  2. Puzzling Pairs 1 $0.99
  3. Show Me The Vowels 1 $0.99


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