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Free crossword puzzles for puzzlers of all ages, including easy freeform crossword puzzles for children and second-language learners, standard American-style crossword puzzles like those found in most North American publications as well as the challenging cryptic crosswords preferred by UK and Australian publications. Solve these free crossword puzzles online or print them for solving on paper.

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Themed Crossword Puzzles

This section has a large number of standard, 15 x 15, American-style crosswords of medium difficulty to play online or print. Happy puzzling!

If you're looking for crossword puzzles with a holiday theme, then check out these free holiday crossword puzzles. Crosswords for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and many other annual celebrations can be found by following the links below.


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Easy Crossword Puzzles

Novice crossword puzzle solvers can test their skills on these free, easy-to-solve crosswords. These American-style crossword games use a 13 x 13 grid and simple, common words that exist in the vocabulary of most people. The puzzles are clued in such a way that those new to crossword solving should have no trouble arriving at the solution. These easy crosswords are a great way for second language learners to enhance their vocabulary skills while familiarizing themselves with the standard crossword puzzles preferred by North Americans. These puzzles can be solved online, in AcrossLite or on paper.

Free NYTimes Crossword Puzzles

About Puzzles offers free crossword puzzles from The New York Times puzzle archives. If you're familiar with these puzzles, you'll know that the level of difficulty increases as the week goes on. These puzzles, of Monday-Wednesday difficulty, are some of the easiest crosswords published by The New York Times. Online and printable versions are available for your puzzling pleasure.

Crossword Puzzles for Kids

Here, you'll find easy crossword games for children of primary school age as well as more difficult ones for elementary level students and second language learners. These crossword puzzles, mostly of the freeform variety, are classified by theme, which include Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and more.

Free Daily Crossword Puzzles

If you're like most cruciverbalists, you enjoy solving a new crossword puzzle every day. Here are some of the most popular free daily crossword puzzles available online.

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Cryptic Crossword Puzzles

Popular in Britain and Australia, cryptic crossword puzzles with their diabolical clues can present a challenge to any crossword puzzle solver. In these crossword puzzles, each clue is a word puzzle in and of itself. The clues consist of two parts and use wordplay such as anagrams, charades, container words, reversals, deletions, double definitions, hidden words or &lits.

Ready to try you hand at these challenging word puzzles? Solve them online, in AcrossLite or print and solve on paper.

Newspaper Crosswords - US

This section features daily and weekly crossword puzzles found in online editions of US newspapers. Nearly all of these used to be free, but now many require a subscription.

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Newspaper Crosswords Around the World

Here, you'll find daily and weekly crosswords from online editions of Canadian and overseas newspapers.

Foreign Language Crossword Puzzles

Finally, for those whose mother tongue is other than English, foreign language crossword puzzles for all ages and levels of ability. These free crossword games are also good vocabulary builders for language students.

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