Recreation

Crosswords

This guide has been developed to help you solve crosswords.

Need more puzzles?

Press Display — has crosswords from around New Zealand and the world.
Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.

Print resources

If you would like to borrow books from the library that will help you solve puzzles, try catalogue searches for Crossword puzzles and Glossaries, vocabularies etc.

Online resources

Oxford English Dictionary

The searchable online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.

Use advanced search to help solve word puzzles

  • Look on the bottom right of the advanced search screen for a search box titled Restrict to entry letter or range.
  • Type in the letters you have in the word separated by asterisks (*).
  • Click the search button, and results are displayed - your answer should be among the them.
  • Use the advanced search of the OED now
    Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.

We link to a range of resources including dictionaries and thesauri

Online crosswords and solvers

* Crossword Solver from Credo Reference
Simple one-line crossword and anagram solver.
Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.
* a2Z Wordfinder
* Allwords.com Crossword Solver
* Chicago Sun-Times
* Crossword Puzzle Guide
From infoplease.com. Read tips for solving puzzles, a history of the crossword, lists of 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-plus letter words, and more.
* Crosswords @ the New Zealand Listener
Answers and explanations to the NZ Listener's cryptic crosswords (but not the original crossword). Your opportunity to comment online to the crossword setter.
* The Guardian
Includes cryptic and quick crosswords.
* Houston Chronicle crosswords
* LA Times Games
* The Mirror
Includes cryptic and quick crosswords
* New York Times
Crosswords and puzzles, some free, some subscription.
* Stuff
Crosswords and Sudoku.