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Crossword Compiler
for Windows


Crossword puzzle maker software
+ Word Searches and Sudoku




Your program is easily the best thing that has ever happened for crossword constructors.

- Nancy Salomon

..it's brilliant. As a teacher I use it at least a couple of times a week and the kids I teach love the crosswords.

- Shaun Donnelly

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Web Publishing


Crossword Compiler can publish interactive puzzles on the web in just a few clicks.


If you prefer you can also export files for use on your own website, and a plugin is also available for easy upload to WordPress sites.

Make your own interactive web puzzles


NEW: New applet now supports iPad and Android 4 tablets, no Java required!


You can upload puzzles directly from the program to your included account on crossword.info. People can then view and solve your puzzles online. The site can even collect answers and mark them for you!


The interactive puzzle applet supports most types of puzzle, including crosswords, word searches, sudoku and puzzles in different languages. See these sample puzzles showing what can be done:

You can also export non-interactive web pages and PDF files for people to print out and solve off-line.


Here's a summary of the solving applet's features:


Supports many puzzle styles

  • Crosswords, word searches, sudoku, coded, and clues-in-squares puzzles
  • Use bars, hint letters, linked clues and non-rectangular puzzles
  • Interactive coded crosswords without clues
  • Un-numbered grids for showing large puzzles clearly
  • Support for key words and multi-letter squares (including Rebus puzzles)
  • French-style puzzles with side numbering
Change the layout and colors
  • Add your puzzle copyright below the grid
  • Change square and clue font sizes
  • Change letter, line, square, block and clue colors
  • Have the clues to the left, right or below the grid
  • Include a timer
  • Include hint links for each clue
Optional buttons
  • Have Reveal, Reveal Letter, Check, Revert, Pencil, Solution, Submit and Save buttons
  • Align the buttons below or to the left of the grid
  • Customize button images
Change clue formatting and layout
  • Use italic, bold, sub and superscript formatting in clues
  • Have bold or non-bold clue numbers, and change their alignment
  • Change highlight colors and the clue font
  • Change the width and spacing of the clue viewer
Multi-language support
  • Change button captions and the "Across" and "Down" headers
  • Customize the message on completion of the puzzle
  • Optional support for different character sets
  • Option to show alphabet so solvers can use the mouse to enter foreign letters
  • Have pictures in the grid with possibility for a URL link
Compatible and fast
  • Standard JavaScript/HTML5 runs the default applet (no Java required), and runs on recent version of IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and other browsers, as well as on iPads and tablets. A Java applet is also provided for backward-compatibility if required (e.g. with IE6).
  • Applet code may be separately licensed for re-use in your own tablet apps, and source code licensing is also possible in some situations (please email with requirements).

If you wish to use the applet on multiple web sites you can buy additional web site licences at low cost; multi-website licences cost the same as multi-user licences on the main ordering page. Customized versions may also be possible, please email for details. For distribution details please read the licensing terms.


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