Designed for Android phones as well as tablets and written in classic British English, Clean Crossword is possibly the best free crossword puzzles game ever published for Android devices. The clues are shown right in the puzzle grid, making crossword puzzles easy to view and play. This app promises weeks of challenging fun, all for free!
• 1,800 free crossword puzzles
• Choose from 3 difficulty levels
• Zoomable puzzle grid
• Written in classic British English
• Beautiful and clean design
• Once you’ve solved a Clean Crosswords puzzle on your tablet, you’ll never go back to paper!
This lovingly produced app includes 1,800 puzzles in 3 levels. Easier levels use simpler words and a smaller grid, perfect for a short break. Harder levels have tougher clues and larger puzzle grids for hours of challenging fun. Also, careful editing and a huge pool of words ensure that clues don’t repeat too often.
PLEASE NOTE: our puzzles are created by British puzzle editors especially with players from Commonwealth countries in mind. Of course, North American players are welcome to join the fun.
When was the first crossword born, and where? Some say in 1890, in Italy. However, this primitive puzzle was tiny (4×4) and had no shaded squares, and was not even called a crossword. Its author, Giuseppe Airoldi, titled it “To Pass the Time.”
The first true crossword created in 1913 by an English journalist, Arthur Wynne, for the New York World. Its name: “word-cross,” which soon evolved to “crossword.” So, you could say the crossword is both English and American, and it’s approximately one hundred years old.
The crossword quickly became a regular feature in the New York World, then in other periodicals. In 1924, the Sunday Express became the first UK newspaper to introduce crosswords, and both the US and the UK went crossword-crazy.
Initially, some saw crosswords as a passing trend. The New York Public Library complained, “Puzzle 'fans' swarm to the dictionaries and encyclopedias so as to drive away readers and students who need these books.” But others foresaw the crossword’s staying power. In 1924, Simon and Schuster published the world’s first crossword book – the start of a successful series which continues to this day.
Crosswords have now spread to many countries and to languages as diverse as Hebrew and Japanese. The Arrow Words format featured in this app is known as the Swedish-style or Scandinavian crossword, since it was popularized there. The clues are shown right in the grid squares, making the puzzle convenient to solve – especially on the iPhone and iPad: the next chapter in the history of crosswords.
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