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Where can I get crossword puzzles online?

Crosswords have long been an activity associated with pen and paper, but in recent years, there has been an explosion of crosswords which are accessible online. This article details the best (and hardest) free crosswords out there!

Crosswords for beginners

Xwords.co.uk
This website is ideal for any newcomers to crosswords. There is a variety of categories to choose from, including seasonal crosswords and crossword puzzles based on popular TV Shows. There are also short word games that should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete, including hangman and ‘quickie’ puzzle games for those in a rush. Each online word game can also be printed free of charge. Crosswordsite.com This site offers a range of crosswords for all age groups, and is named the ‘family friendly’ consistent provider of free crosswords. Each word puzzle comes with the option to choose from a US version or a UK version. There are easy crosswords for beginners and challenging ones for more advanced users. Each crossword can be printed or completed onscreen and there is also the ability to gain help on particularly hard clues. This website is therefore ideal for children and adults alike!

Crosswords for experts

Guardian.co.uk The Guardian is renowned for its ability to create challenging crosswords on a daily basis. However, the notorious Guardian crosswords are no longer confined to just newspaper form, with the Guardian website now containing interactive puzzles and free crosswords. These online word games are ideal for any advanced crossword-completers. This is because users are given access to a backlog of thousands of past crosswords, including categories such as cryptic, speedy and genius. When attempting the crosswords, you will be presented with the option to save your progress and return later, as well as a cheat ability that offers word help when stuck.
Independent.co.uk This is another newspaper which is a major supplier of quality interactive crosswords. Instead of just simply limiting themselves to crosswords, however, the Independent offers a wide range of puzzles, including quizzes and tasks to help improve brainpower. Their crosswords come in two categories; cryptic and concise. Each are updated daily, and the interface ensures that each puzzle can be completed with ease.

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