Learn Cryptic Crosswords

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About this app

Learn how to solve cryptic crosswords with this interactive app, starting with the basic ideas and easiest types of clue.

Learn Cryptic Crosswords consists of six chapters that take you step by step through every aspect of solving cryptic clues.

How each type of clue works is clearly explained and supported by examples, with simple diagrams to illustrate key ideas.

Each topic is followed by interactive exercises and practice clues designed to reinforce the learning points, and each chapter ends with a practice puzzle to consolidate your learning.

The final chapter explains how to develop your solving skills further. It ends with a selection of newspaper puzzles and is followed by an extensive set of reference tools to use when solving.

Cryptic crosswords are fun to do and give the brain a good work out, exercising the memory and thinking skills, making new connections and extending vocabulary and general knowledge.

Learn Cryptic Crosswords will lead you to an enjoyable and stimulating new pastime.

Note: Chapter 1 is free for all to use. Chapters 2 onward are unlocked for a small one-off purchase.
Updated on
Dec 7, 2018

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4.9
1.01K reviews
Jon Hudak
November 22, 2020
Great way to learn about and practice Cryptic Crosswords. I've been interested in learning about them for a while and I've had some success, but it's so hard to learn about and practice clues in an easy and contained manor. The app is simplistic and minimalistic, but it does what it says on the tin so far (two chapters into it, and no ads!) Definitely worth it if you want to get into CCs.
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David Galey
March 15, 2021
Been wanting to get into cryptic crosswords for a while now, this app so far has been a great introduction, with actual examples and practice puzzles that are much easier than you'll find out in the wild, to really get you used to the clue structures. Just finished chapter 1 and bought the rest of the chapters.
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A Google user
January 28, 2020
Tutorial seems very thorough so far, only in first chapter now. They did warn that it is pay to unlock the rest of the chapters before I started, which I liked, but didn't say how much yet. I really like all the examples, that's how I learn. Happy I checked it out, even if I don't end up doing the rest of the chapters. I am a crossword novice.
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What's new

Corrections and improvements to all chapters.