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3win1

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Find a 10-letter word. There are three 4,6,8 letter words contained in the 10-letter word. Word meanings are given as clues.

How to Play

Normally you would print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure. However you can also solve on screen using the following commands:
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle or load one from 10,000 puzzles provided
  3. Click on a letter cell and enter a letter
  4. Use arrow keys to navigate through cells
  5. Puzzle is done when all letters have been placed
  6. Click Check button to verify if your solution is correct

Program Features

  1. Save and reload puzzles
  2. Print puzzles and their solutions
  3. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  4. Use one of 10,000 puzzles or let program create one at random Download
  5. Set display colour schemes

4linkWords

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4linkWords is a crossword puzzle with a set of 8 interlinked 4-letter words. Clues are given for the 8 words. All words are placed clock-wise.

How to Play

You will print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure.
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Print the puzzle and its solution

Program Features

  1. Print puzzles and their solutions
  2. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  3. Set display colour schemes

4xwords

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Make a set of 7-letter and 5-letter words in 18, 25 or 32 interlinked locations. Word clues are given.

How to Play

You will print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure.
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Print the puzzle and its solution

Program Features

  1. Print puzzles and their solutions
  2. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  3. Set display colour schemes

57xwords

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Make a set of 7-letter and 5-letter words in 18, 25 or 32 interlinked locations. Word clues are given.

How to Play

Select puzzle size: 18, 25 or 32 letters and create a puzzle. Then print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle cannot be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (English1 to English5).

Program Features

  1. A dictionary of your choice from five supplied
  2. Three puzzle sizes: 18, 25 or 32 letters
  3. Print puzzles
  4. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  5. Set display colour schemes

8Word

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8Word is a crossword puzzle with an 8-shaped grid. The grid has 23 overlapping words, 8 letters each. Some letters in the puzzle are given. All words are made clock-wise with clues given.

How to Play

Normally you would print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure. However you can also solve on screen using the following commands:
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Move mouse cursor over a cell and press a letter to enter in the cell
  4. Puzzle is done when all letters have been placed
  5. Click Check button to verify if your solution is correct

Program Features

  1. Print puzzles and their solutions
  2. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  3. Set display colour schemes

DiaWord

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DiaWord is a crossword puzzle with a diamond shaped grid. Some letters in the puzzle are given. All words are made with clues given.

How to Play

You would print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure. Puzzle cannot be solved on screen.
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Print the puzzle and its solution

Program Features

  1. Print puzzles and their solutions
  2. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  3. Set display colour schemes

FillAcross

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Solve a crossword puzzle with given clues. Three letters in each word are given. Also one letter is common in all words.

How to Play

Create and print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle can also be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (english1 to english5).

Program Features

  1. A dictionary of your choice from the five supplied
  2. Print puzzles, one per page
  3. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  4. Set display colour schemes
  5. 20,000 puzzles are provided Download

HexWord

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HexWord is a crossword puzzle with hexagonal rather than square cells. Some letters in the puzzle are given. All words are made clock-wise and adjacent letters in touching hexagons are same.

How to Play

Normally you would print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure. However you can also solve on screen using the following commands:
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Move mouse cursor over a cell and press a letter to enter in the cell
  4. Puzzle is done when all letters have been placed
  5. Click Check button to verify if your solution is correct

Program Features

  1. Print puzzles and their solutions
  2. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  3. Set display colour schemes

hexXword

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Solve a hexagonal shaped crossword puzzle. Clues for words inside and outside a hexagon are given. Word letters can be in any order. Puzzle size can be 7, 10, 17 or 22 hexagons. 20,000 readymade puzzles are provided with this program.

How to Play

Create and print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle can also be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (english1 to english5).

Program Features

  1. Four puzzle sizes: 7,10,17 or 22 hexagons
  2. Use any of the five dictionaries provided. Only dictionaries english3, english4 and english5 are valid for 22 hexagons puzzle.
  3. Print single or multiple puzzles
  4. Print and solve from 20,000 puzzles provided
  5. Select display colour schemes
  6. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  7. 20,000 puzzles are provided Download

hWord

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hWord is a crossword puzzle with an H shaped grid. Some letters in the puzzle are given. All words are made with clues given.

How to Play

You would print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure. Puzzle cannot be solved on screen.
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Print the puzzle and its solution

Program Features

  1. Print puzzles and their solutions
  2. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  3. Set display colour schemes

MagicworDiamond

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Solve a diamond shaped crossword puzzle with given clues. Across and Down clues and solution are same. Puzzle size is 5x5 (very easy), 7x7 (easy), 9x9 (hard) or 11x11 (very hard). Some clues in 11x11 puzzle may be reversed. Optionally the four corner letters can be shown as hints.

How to Play

Select puzzle size. Then create and print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle can also be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (english1 to english5).

Program Features

  1. A dictionary of your choice from the five supplied. Note that for 11x11 puzzle select a dictionary english5 else puzzle may take a long time to create.
  2. Print puzzles, one or two puzzles per page
  3. Total 20,000 puzzles; 5,000 for each of the four puzzle sizes Download
  4. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  5. Set display colour schemes
  6. Show four corner letters as hints

MagicwordSquare

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Solve a crossword puzzle with given clues. Across and Down clues and solution are same. Puzzle size is 3x3(ver easy), 4x4(easy), 5x5(hard), or 6x6(very hard).

How to Play

Select puzzle size. Then create and print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle can also be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (english1 to english5).

Program Features

  1. A dictionary of your choice from the five supplied. Note that for 11x11 puzzle select a dictionary english5 else puzzle may take a long time to create.
  2. Print puzzles, one or two puzzles per page
  3. Total 20,000 puzzles; 5,000 for each of the four puzzle sizes Download
  4. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  5. Set display colour schemes

MeshWord

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MeshWord is a crossword puzzle with a mesh grid. A normal crossword puzzles clues are across or down only. MeshWord clues can be in five directions: left (L), right (R), up (U), down (D), and diagonal (X). Two word sizes (5 and 7) and two grid styles are available.

How to Play

You will print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure.
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Select word size (5 or 7) and a grid style
  3. Create a new puzzle
  4. Print the puzzle and its solution

Program Features

  1. Two grid types for 7 or 5 letter puzzles
  2. Print puzzles and their solutions
  3. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  4. Set display colour schemes

RingWord

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This a cross word puzzles with words in a ring. Place six 4-letter words diagonally and three 6-letter words along three rings. Clues are given for the 9 words.

How to Play

You will print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure. A word must be placed diagonally and in the rings according to the clues given.
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Print the puzzle and its solution
  4. The puzzle has three rings and 6 diagonal lines
  5. Each ring has 6 letters and each diagonal has 4 letters
  6. Letters in the three ring words (7 to 9) can be placed in any sequence
  7. The 6 diagonal words (1 to 6) start with a common letter in the centre of rings, spelt outwords
  8. Clues are given for the 9 words

Program Features

  1. Select a dictionary of your choice
  2. Set display colour schemes
  3. Copy puzzle and its solution to clipboard
  4. Print puzzles and their solutions
  5. Select letter shape: circle or a square

StarWord

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StarWord is a crossword puzzle with a star shaped grid. The grid has 5 overlapping words, 4 letters each. All words are made with the clues given.

How to Play

You would print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure. Puzzle cannot be solved on screen.
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Print the puzzle and its solution

Program Features

  1. Print puzzles and their solutions
  2. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  3. Set display colour schemes

sWord

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sWord is a crossword puzzle with an S-shaped grid. The grid has 11 overlapping words, 6 letters each. Each word starts with an S (can be optionally overridden). Some letters in the puzzle are given as hints when words can start with any letter. All words are made clock-wise with clues given.

How to Play

You will print a puzzle and solve it on paper at your leisure. A word must be placed around a numbered hexagon clockwise against the clue given.
  1. Load a dictionary of your choice from the five provided with this program: English1 to English5.
  2. Create a new puzzle
  3. Print the puzzle and its solution

Program Features

  1. Print puzzles and their solutions
  2. Load one of the five English dictionaries
  3. Select whether words start with the letter S, or with any letter
  4. Set display colour schemes

VWords

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Solve a crossword puzzle with given clues. Clus for across words and two vertical words are given. Vertical words can have letters in ay order. Puzzle size is 5, 7 or 9.

How to Play

Create and print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle can also be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (english1 to english5).

Program Features

  1. Puzzle size 5, 7 or 9
  2. A dictionary of your choice from the five supplied
  3. Print puzzles, one per page
  4. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  5. Set display colour schemes
  6. 20,000 puzzles are provided Download

Word2worD

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Find three words against three given clues. Two words are of same length like 3,4,5 or 6. Third word contains letters of two smaller words.

Program Features

Main features of this program are:
  1. Use one of five dictionaries
  2. Print one or multiple puzzles, one per page
  3. Use one of 20,000 ready made puzzles 234Kb
  4. Puzzles are for personal use only - cannot publish or distribute in any shape or form
  5. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  6. Set display colour schemes

Word8Star

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Solve a crossword puzzle with 8-letter overlapping words arranged like a star. Word letters can be in any order. Puzzle size is 4 (2x2 ) to 25 (5x5) square. Four clue letters are given.

How to Play

Create and print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle can also be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (english1 to english5).

Program Features

  1. A dictionary of your choice from the five supplied
  2. Print puzzles, one per page
  3. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  4. Set display colour schemes
  5. 20,000 puzzles are provided Download

WordAcross

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Solve a crossword puzzle with given clues. Three letters in a word are common with the word below. Puzzle size is 8x8 to 12x12.

How to Play

Create and print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle can also be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (english1 to english5).

Program Features

  1. Puzzle size 5x5 to 12x12
  2. A dictionary of your choice from the five supplied
  3. Print puzzles, one per page
  4. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  5. Set display colour schemes
  6. 20,000 puzzles are provided Download

WordSpider

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Solve a crossword puzzle arranged like a spider's web. Word letters can be in any order. Puzzle size is 5 (5 and 8 letter words) or 7 (7 and 8 letter words). One central letter is given and word clues are provided.

How to Play

Create and print a puzzle and solve at your leisure. Puzzle can also be solved on screen. Can use five different dictionaries (english1 to english5). The default central letter is S, this can however be set by the user to any other letter.

Program Features

  1. A dictionary of your choice from the five supplied
  2. Print puzzles, one per page
  3. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  4. Set display colour schemes
  5. 20,000 puzzles are provided Download

WordTree

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WordTree a word puzzle game. Starting with a root word you add one letter to expand a word to several others. Words made are scored. This program will be particularly useful for younger users learning to make and learn new words.

Program Features

Main features of this program are:
  1. Zoom/pan into tree display
  2. Use one of five dictionaries
  3. Let computer create a word tree
  4. Get word meanings
  5. Print word trees
  6. Use one of 20,000 ready made puzzles 8.3Mb
  7. Puzzles are for personal use only - cannot publish or distribute in any shape or form
  8. Set display colour schemes

Wyramid

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Solve a pyramid shaped word puzzle with given clues. Puzzle size is 3, 4 or 5 words. One letter is given as hint. Consider a solved puzzle below:

     T      <-- hint letter
    TAR     <-- word 5
   IRATE    <-- word 4
  CERTAIN   <-- word 3
 NECTARINE  <-- word 2
BICENTENARY <-- word 1

Program Features

Main features of this program are:
  1. Use one of three dictionaries
  2. Print one or multiple puzzles, one per page
  3. Use one of 20,000 ready made puzzles 241Kb
  4. Copy a puzzle to Clipboard
  5. Set display colour schemes

xPara

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xPara puzzle is like a CrossWord puzzle with a grid, and clues. However, the words are taken from a user defined paragraph. The program analyses the paragraph and creates a puzzle with words in the same order as the paragraph. A dictionary is used to remove words and provide clues for them instead. Some common words, and any not found in the dictionary are shown as givens in the grid. After a puzzle is compiled, the user is left with a coherent and meaningful narrative telling a story embedded in the puzzle. Main features of this program are:

Program Features

Main features of this program are:
  1. Program will clean-up a user defined paragraph removing unnecessary blanks and hyphenations etc
  2. Only across clues are give; some words may continue across last column into the next row
  3. Words are separated by black squares
  4. Punctuation marks are also put in black squares
  5. Grid size is limited to a 50 rows and 25 columns grid with maximum of 1200 character para

xWord

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A program based on a heuristic and trial and error approach for compiling cross-word puzzles.

  • Automatically generate grid with black squares
  • Optionally place black square by inspection
  • Verify validity of the placement of black squares
  • Automatic compilation of words from four level English dictionaries
  • Use of custom user built dictionaries
  • Printing of grid and solution
  • Save Puzzle as a bitmap file
  • Get meaning of words from Internet dictionaries
  • Compilation of a puzzle with choice of placing selected words at selected locations
  • Freely mix automatic and manual compilation
  • Automatic compilation single-shot or one clue at a time
  • Creation of puzzles
  • Print puzzles that do not require clues

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