Developer: Magmic Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad
Bottom LineThis app performs well and the interface is great with clear easy to read clues and a nice smooth workflow as you move from clue to clue or toggle between Across and Down. The touch screen responds well and even on the limited real estate of an iPod screen, the frustration level is kept to a minimum. My only complaint was the amount charged to access your New York Times premium crossword subscription via this app: $16.99 per year. I thought that was on top of the $39.00 NYTimes fee but now realize this is actually a reduced rate from the regular premium fee.
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Some Great Features
The Settings feature will allow you to set your preferences for how the program behaves when inputting answers. You can automatically skip to the next clue when an answer has been entered. You can also skip boxes which already contain a letter. Sometimes this is helpful and sometimes it's frustrating. For example, when finishing the last answer in the bottom right corner of the grid, the auto-jump will take you to the first clue at 1 Across. That's not always desirable.
Adjust Font Size
As we get older, puzzle fonts get smaller. Well that may seem to be the case but I imagine its just our eyes getting weaker. Nonetheless, it's nice to have the option of increasing the font size of the clues as well as the size of the keyboard. There are three preset sizes for each of these features. Increasing the size of the keyboard will be especially nice for any sausage-fingered solvers.
The puzzle keeps track of your time and you can share your results via various social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. You can also try establishing a streak of completed puzzles as some people like to do. I know of one solver who is up to 400 continuous, completed daily puzzles. Wow! Talk about dedication (or obsession).
The app is free to download and comes with a one week free trial of NYTimes daily puzzles as well as access to the puzzle archive. After that, if you want to continue solving the current daily puzzles it will cost you 16.99 for the year (2.99/month or $9.99/six months). This compares well to the $39.95/year or $6.95/month that the New York Times charges for their premium service. However, bear in mind that the app fee of $16.99 only allows you to do the puzzle within the mobile device environment. There is no option for printing the puzzles or transfering them to a laptop or desktop computer.