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4 stars out of 5
· 11/24/2015
Very addictive

The mini puzzle is small enough to not steal away huge chunks of my day.

1 stars out of 5
· 11/3/2015
can't use pc keyboard

I can't type using my pc keyboard on the mini puzzles! You can click a button for an onscreen keyboard to click the letters with the mouse, but it blocks the puzzle. Also, the first time I tried a puzzle, it crashed on me. The main puzzle fortunately lets me use my keyboard.

5 stars out of 5
· 11/3/2015
Awesome, especially with a stylus

Great crosswords, and the app itself is perfect for the Surface. The handwriting recognition is nearly perfect, filling out the cross words with a stylus is just like working in the newspaper only cleaner. Only thing that isn't working quite right is the in-app subscription sign up. In fact it doesn't work at all. You have to subscribe on the NYT Web site and then log in to the app. Well worth it though.

5 stars out of 5
· 10/14/2015

Perfect! Just the kind of crossword app I was hoping for. I like the clean interface and how easy it is to enter answers. I'm not sure why some reviewers said the words are incorrect, as this is the exact puzzle that is on the NYT website everyday - and boy do they check it first! Having a lot of fun with past puzzles too, as there is a checklist system to keep track.

5 stars out of 5
· 11/28/2015
Great crossword app

You must have NY Times subscription

3 stars out of 5
· 9/1/2015
Take my money!

Works great with the pen. But the subscription feature isn't working so can't get new puzzles.

5 stars out of 5
· 8/27/2015
Hands Down Best Crossword

Challenging and creative.

5 stars out of 5
· 8/26/2015
Great crossword, lousy log-in

I love crossword puzzles, and the New York Times is reputed to be the best in the world. I played several during my free time, and want to subscribe by the month for a while. I filled out all the credit card info and tried to enter the info. Apparently, you feel my email address is not valid, I get this occasionally, but I assure it is valid and I have used it for over eight years. Please resolve whatever problem it is that is keeping me from accessing my subscription. I may be forced to downgrade my rating. every time I try to open the app, it places an X when I type in my email address. Unless this is resolved forthwith, I will downgrade my review to one star.

1 stars out of 5
· 9/21/2015

It is totally wrong to get a person hooked on an app, then make it impossible to subscribe to it. The New York Times should be ashamed that it has such a poorly functioning website in the 21st century.

4 stars out of 5
· 10/2/2015

Overall this is the best dynamic Xword app on the MS Store. Though it needs more features and a bit of UI tweaks. Seems laggy at times on my Surface Pro 3 i3. All other apps work flawlessly but sometimes this one won't take pen input smoothly. Also, what's with the 4 letter words in a single square? Maybe I don't play crosswords enough?

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  • Play Anywhere - Your subscription now gives you access to The Crossword on NYTimes.com at no additional charge!
  • Daily Puzzle - It’s the same puzzle that’s printed every day in The New York Times newspaper.
  • Pen - Solve the way crosswords were meant to be solved: write directly on the puzzle as you would in the newspaper with your Surface Tablet
  • Puzzle Archive - Enjoy over 20 years of classic puzzles from our archives.
  • Modern Puzzle Features - Solve puzzles that include new tricks like rebuses, highlighted or underlined squares, and more!

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Enjoy even more classic puzzles in this great new update of The Crossword. The Archive now has all the puzzles from the Will Shortz era dating back to 1993. The Crossword now has OVER 20 years of great puzzles to solve. Also includes minor optimizations and bug fixes.

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