I have never been any good at crossword puzzles, but it is a skill I’ve always admired. Over the years I would often pick up a puzzle with great expectations only to put it down incomplete, frustrated and disappointed.
And then I found “Across Lite”.
First of all, I love the way it works (and it looks beautiful on the iPad). The letters appear down the sides (although you can choose a standard keyboard if you would prefer). There are many settings, and I have mine set to tell me if a letter is incorrect. This has been extremely helpful as I work through these puzzles.
But the real thrill for me was an upgrade that I purchased within the app to help me learn how to do these puzzles (Learn to do Crosswords for $1.99). There are tricks and tips, and although I thought I “knew” how to do a crossword (I was just very very bad at it) …. there has been a lot for me to learn. I have watched my skill grow as I advanced through the puzzles.
As you can see in the screenshot below, some instructions appear before you begin. Gradually the puzzles get harder, and to my surprise, I definitely see an improvement in my skill.
Here is another screenshot without the yellow instructions hanging over it. The game has many options and you can set it perfectly for your own skill level.
If you are really serious about learning to do crosswords, Across Lite also offers a training app with outstanding reviews. It has a hefty price tag, $6.99, and I have not tried it, myself. But if you are interested, here is a link to that.
I’m really enjoying Across Lite Crosswords .. the free version (with a learn-to upgrade).