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Free Printable Crossword Puzzles

I really enjoy a good quality crossword puzzle. Here are some sites that have excellent puzzles that can be printed out. If you're ambitious, you can do as many as 250 puzzles in a single month using the links on this page!

Too many choices? Need some help with choosing a puzzle? Check out some ratings here.

Some puzzles require AcrossLite (free). PDFs will require the Adobe Reader (free).

StarTribune (Daily)
LA Times (Daily)
Wall Street Journal (Daily)
Universal (Daily)
Epoch (Daily)
The Daily Pennsylvanian (Daily)

USA Today (M-F)
The New Yorker (M-F)

The Missing Letter (M)
McKinsey Swap Exchange (T)
Ben Chenoweth's Metas on a Tuesday (T)
The Rice Thresher (W)
The Amherst Student (W)
Jonesin' (Th)
Matt Gaffney's The Week Crossword (F)
The Walrus (F)
Your Puzzle Source (Sa)
Spyscape (Sa)
Premier Crossword (Su)
Sunday Crossword by Evan Birnholz (Su)
Andrew McMeel Universal Sunday Crossword (Su)
Smooth Sailing Sundays (Su)

Club 72 (TF)
David Alfred Bywater's Crossword Cavalcade (TSa)

New York Magazine (Bi-weekly)
Phil's Crossword Corner (Two or three a month)
Bewilderingly (Once or twice a month)

Muller Monthly Music Meta (Monthly)

Selected Premium Puzzles
Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest (F)
Fireball Newsflash Crosswords (Bi-weekly)

New York Times (Daily) – a free 'classic' puzzle from the archives is offered weekly here.

Related Sites

Web Sudoku Billions of Sudoku puzzles... Easy, Medium, Hard, and Evil.

Wordle The new word game that has gone viral.

Crossword Solver Enter a clue and get a list of possible solutions. Or, this Crossword Solver helps to find words with missing letters.

WordCount. This is a cool site. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words and ranks them in order of commonness. I'm guessing there aren't too many Crosswordese words in the top 30,000...

The best crossword blog I know of is 'Diary of a Crossword Fiend'. This is a great place to keep up to date on everything in the world of crosswords. You'll also want to visit the LA Times Crossword Corner, a blog by a fellow Minnesotan and friend of this site.

Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette host A Way with Words, a freewheeling joy ride through the English language featuring calls from word-loving listeners. A clever clue from this site was featured in this snippet.

Matt Ginsberg's Clue Database has been extremely useful to me in helping me in determining my clever clue of the month. I constantly consult it to determine whether a clue is original or 'borrowed'.

Have you mastered crosswordese? Take a crosswordese test.

Unrelated Sites

With a wing span of 5 – 6 inches, the cecropia moth is the largest moth in North America. Follow the Life Cycle of the Cecropia Moth with Pete Honl's amazing photography.

Jean Honl has been rosemaling for over 30 years. Visit her site to see some of the beautiful Norwegian Rosemaling work she has done.