This site offers some tools to help you complete crossword puzzles:
If you do the cryptic crossword in the Times, Telegraph, Guardian or Independent crosswords (among others),
I hope that you'll find this site invaluable.
- A word lookup facility, whereby you may find all words which have specific
letters at certain positions (e.g. "c.mp.t.r" would yield "compotor",
"computer" and "competer").
NEW: you can now look up multi-word phrases as well.
Use one space to separate words. For example, "m.s...g l..." would yield the phrase "missing link".
- A standard thesaurus for looking up synonyms and related words or phrases.
- An anagram tool which will list all words which only contain a given set of letters. NEW: now works with phrases too. Don't enter any
spaces when entering an anagram. For example, "fatbeauco" would yield "about face"
This allows you to perform a lookup on a smaller set of words (the output of a thesaurus lookup)
This site is completely free for your personal use.
It does not use pop-ups or other intrusive advertising, and
runs on open source software.
All tools presented here have been written by me. They are open source,
based on public-domain word lists,
and all source code and word lists are made available (under
) for download.
New phrase-search functionality is possible thanks to lists compiled by Ben Iscatus.
See his letter pattern pages at http://sites.google.com/site/iscatus/crossword-phrases
If you like this site, have suggestions, or find a word is missing from the current word list
I'm using, you can contact me here