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This app contains a database of many thousands of straight and general knowledge clues and answers, so that it can generate unique crosswords based on your own interests, ability and device. Tailor made crosswords mean more fun for players, and produces more relevant games. Later you can progress to more challenging games, but always playing crosswords that are relevant to your interests.
Note that this application includes options to use US Spellings only, and give a US bias to the general knowledge questions.
You can configure for the generated crossword puzzle:
1) Grid size (hence adapt the crossword to your available screen size)
Specify exactly how many columns and rows to use (from 3 to 20). Even non square grids (e.g. 10x13) are possible.
2) Grid Type
Choose between traditional "British" style crossword layouts, or the more compact version with more word crossovers.
3) Clue Difficulty
Difficulty of the clues (straight and general knowledge) can be configured from easy to very difficult!
4) Type of Crossword
Choose to play with normal clues only; or with a mix of normal and general knowledge clues. Crosswords with only general knowledge clues are also possible.
5) Clue Genre
Tailor the crossword to your interests! Choose to have clues from particularly genres, e.g. Music, Entertainment, History, Politics, Nature etc.
6) Country Bias
The app adapts the general knowledge questions, according to where you live
7) US or UK Spelling
Choose if crossword answers use American English or British English spellings
You can configure for the display:
1) Screen layout
Choose how much screen space for the grid and how much for the word list, using our unique movable split bar.
Can be played in portrait or landscape mode. Just rotate your device and the display adjusts automatically.
3) Clue and Keyboard font size
Configure the size of the words bigger or smaller, depending on your device and your eyesight!
Useful game aids mean you can always finish the crossword:
1) Built-in crossword matcher
The game can show you potential answers for an uncompleted word in the grid. The game uses the length of the word and the letters that you have already entered and displays the matching words, by using a built-in dictionary of 65,000 words. This aid even works for the general knowledge clues! Also includes the ability to look up word definitions or details on a fact or person.
Confirm if a given answer is correct
3) Reveal Word or Letter
If you can make no further progress, choose to reveal a letter or the whole word to a clue of your choosing
At very easy level, an anagram of the answer is shown as part of the clue, to provide further help. With this aid it should be possible to complete most crossword puzzles.
5) Show Wrong
When the grid is completed, the app will show all wrong answers, to allow you to correct and complete the game
Further Improvements on the way in the coming weeks:
1) More clues
We aim to add 1000's more clues, including new general knowledge areas (works of art, significant historical events etc.)
2) More configuration
Futher power to tune the game to your interests, e.g. restrict music questions to 70's music
3) More languages
As with all Havos word games, word/clue dictionaries in different languages will be released. French, German and Dutch are now done.
Each game is assigned a difficulty level from 0 (easy) to 9 (very hard). The difficulty level is determined by the settings. Each difficulty level maintains the high scores (measured by fastest time to complete the game). The game displays the best 20 scores for each difficulty level.
If you see something about the clues you do not like, please send us feedback rather than give a poor rating. We greatly value your comments and will address all issues you send to us.
1) 140,000 new clues, meaning much less repetition in later games
2) Can now also play "Compact" style crosswords
3) Major revamp of difficulty, this means "easy" level crosswords are now easier than before
4) Particularly clues using a secondary meaning of clue or answer are now harder
5) You should now see a more noticeable difference in difficulty across the various levels
6) Many longer, more interesting clues, rather than one word synonym
7) New clues for simple foreign words