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Author Topic: Crossword Compiler  (Read 9125 times)


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Crossword Compiler
« on: April 02, 2020, 05:11:12 PM »
Hello to Everyone,

I am new to this website. Although I have been a crossword solver for many years, I am only now beginning to think about constructing puzzles. I solve mostly 21x21 puzzles and have a couple of themes that I would like to construct. My question is this:
How does the 'Crossword Compiler' work? Does it provide a blank grid that I can enter clues and answers into?
Thank you for any feedback you could provide to a 'rookie' constructer.


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Re: Crossword Compiler
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2020, 03:05:49 PM »
Yes, Crossword Compiler is a comprehensive tool for creating crossword puzzles (and many other kinds of puzzles). It has a grid library, and also includes some word lists (though for professional constructing you'll need better lists than those included). All the information about the program is here:

This is the program that is used by most professional constructors, but one caveat: it is only compatible with Windows. If you are a Mac user, you will want to get Crossfire, which has similar functions, though is not as sophisticated (IMO) as Compiler. It's also cheaper, and works on Mac and Windows.
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA


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