$6.99 a moth. For crosswords???? 1/5
Come back to earth. It’s just crosswords. You’re out of touch with most people on price. It’s almost comical.
The failing NY Times 3/5
App needs iPad Pro optimization.
Good, but plenty to improve 4/5
I am a daily player of this app. I feel like NYTimes did a great job with a simple interface that outcompetes, imho, doing crosswords on paper. I like how the puzzles are released. It is more important to have it work well than to have too many bells and whistles. For this I am grateful. However, as a heavy player, I find myself regularly frustrated by an unfulfilling game-play relative to gaming standards today. I would like to see more accomplishment possibilities. I like rewards, badges, rankings and levels. I enjoy the puzzle talk where I can see explanations and chatter about the puzzles but this is apparently not available when a puzzle ages out to archives. The paid packages are nothing special. I would pay extra for themed puzzles that actually stick to enjoyable themes. I would like the ability to leave and see ratings for puzzles! Someday, maybe even a social aspect to the app could be attempted. I love the puzzles. I wish I was better at them! Thank you NYTimes.
I love the app overall — unfortunately though, on Sundays, it is unfairly difficult because the description that is usually in the print copy is not available in the information tab on the app. The only option is to read the tips and review article, which gives away the answers, and doesn’t often include the description up top. It seems like an easy fix to just include the description in the information tab with the author credit. Would be a lot more fun, rather than having to understand the premise toward the end.
Today, Sunday, 1/20/20 in the magazine, Will Shortz writes about the puzzle by Victor Barocas. He says Barocas is a biomedical engineer and given his profession, the genesis of the puzzle is spelled out in 71 across. Then goes on to say that Barocas went on to include colorful fill in 8 and 29 across and 8 43 56 and 100 down.
Ok. In the app, these clues just have a — next to them. Absolutely no way to know what’s going on in the puzzle without the intro! I don’t mean to be this person, but I enjoy the app so much and this one exception seems really unfair.
Fine for limited scope 3/5
By Bart in DC
Are use this app every day and I have to admit I have never found a bug in it. It does the job for what it supposed to do. However, I’m very disappointed that in the two or so years I have been using this app they haven’t added the other Sunday puzzle features (even for more money). I miss doing puns and anagrams and some of the other things they rotate through their Sunday magazine crossword.
Good App, Needs iPad Pro Optimization 4/5
Really like The NY Times Crossword app on the iPad Pro with a keyboard. Entry is thus fast. The crosswords are great too! I would have given this app 5 stars if it was optimized for iPad Pro but it is still only optimized for the older iPad 9.7”.
So entertaining 5/5
Love all of the the cultural and language references!
Please fix and a kudo. 4/5
The phone app does not have a switcher button like the tablet app does or if it is there, it is not included in the phone app instructions. With the tiny screen on a phone, this can cause a lot of frustration when your fingers are as large as mine.
Kudo! At some point you added the ability to close the puzzle on one device (say a phone) and pick it up at the same place on another (say a tablet). This is extremely useful. While I prefer to do the puzzle on my tablet (see above note) I cannot have it with me all the time, but I can carry my phone. So, Kudos for that.
Why do ken kens not work on any device? Android phone, LG tablet, iPad Air. Does not work on any of them
All my best.
Great app but could be updated 3/5
Would be great if the archives could be searchable by constructor. And if there was a way to bookmark or save puzzles from the archives - there used to be a “recent” function that has been gone.
Not user friendly 1/5
By Nnoyed player
Why can’t I get this into my iPad and my surface? It says 6 family members but will only PT me add the trial app? Very frustrating. I paid 40 finished this. Please respond
Leaderboard Archives? 4/5
By Kaylah R.
I genuinely love this app. Crosswords have been a favorite of mine my whole life starting at age 4 or 5 when my grandmother would let me “help” her with her large print puzzles. Now, my fiancé and I are both addicted to the NYT crossword app and compete everyday to see who can finish the daily mini the quickest and we’ve spent many a lazy afternoon solving the longer puzzles throughout our whole relationship. My one request for this app would be a leaderboard archive so we can keep track of our overall stats! 🙏🏻🙈 I know there have got to be some other competitive couples and friends out there who would agree. 🤓
Buy it now! 5/5
By far the most enjoyed app on my devices. Every am. Archives are a Mon., Tue., Wed., lifesaver for folks who like Fri., Sat. challenge.
Always Entertaining! 5/5
Still not updated for iPad Pro 1/5
This app is terrible on the iPad Pro. It’s been over a year since the new ones were released. Please update the app.
Issues loading on first load 1/5
I’ve sent multiple videos to show this issue and it’s gone nowhere. Essentially, any time I try to load a new puzzle in the morning, it doesn’t become available until I exit out of the app and back in. My app is up to date as is my OS. I’m positive it’s an app issue.
Fix this and I will change to 5 stars but I’ve been claiming this as an issue for 10 months and at this point the support has not been there.
Apple, this app still not scaled for 12.9” iPads, how is this permitted??? 3/5
Don’t app store guidelines stipulate that apps must fit the hardware at this point? Support the 12.9” iPad screen that is now approaching two years old. (And don’t use that awful, distorted keyboard.)
the high pt of my day, every day
Can’t print the puzzle 1/5
For some reason it is not possible to print the puzzle from the app to solve on paper rather than on the device. This can’t be done on the website on a device either. When asked about this via email the response is essentially no it can’t be printed. Whyever can’t this be corrected? I’m no expert but I’d presume an organization as accomplished as the NYT can arrange for a printable page, especially when they charge a significant amount for the app. There are times when working the puzzle on a computer or a device is cumbersome or not possible, or simply not preferred. I’m not asking for a house call from Will Shortz, just a printable crossword puzzle. C’mon folks!!
My favorite app 5/5
Well worth the subscription fee for full access to NYT puzzles, new and archive...and they will apply 1 subscription to both your iPhone and iPad...and they synch! It also keeps your stats. Great app and the one I never tire of!
Great, but can be improved 5/5
I have been using the app and doing the puzzles nearly every day since May 2017. It works great most of the time, but i have some complaints:
1. TWICE now I’ve encountered a glitch where I finish the puzzle and get the completion notification, but the timer continues running. This marks the puzzle as “incomplete” and ends my 500-day streak, putting me back at square one. Why even bother keeping up a streak if it can be yanked away from you at any moment?!?
Is my perfect puzzle streak kind of a silly thing to be upset over? Maybe. Is this setback still absolutely, violently rage-inducing? YES.
I KNOW it’s just a game though. I am a grown adult woman with a sane mind. I am ok. I am ok. I am ok. No, no, I am fine...
2. The friend/leaderboard feature is sooo lame. It only applies to the minis and doesn’t allow you to share your stats for the full size puzzles!!! Lame lame lame.
3. The app doesn’t allow you to access the other types of games and puzzles that you can find on the nyt website. I would love to be able to play spelling bee or do the acrostic from the app!
All that said, this app has changed my life. Doing the puzzle every day brings me a peace and satisfaction that I can’t get anywhere else, and I plan to continue paying for it until my dying breath.
Keeps pestering me for a review 1/5
So I gave it one.
Great app for memory 5/5
By Dr Newman
Favorite daily activity 5/5
It gives me brief moments of pleasure outside of the daily grind.
By XBow fail
App is great but I wish that you could reset your best times and averages.
Great fun 5/5
By Charms Admin
Come on, it's the New York Times puzzles. Best in the USA! and the app works great too.
Long-time solver 5/5
By highland solver
NYT puzzles are still the gold standard. My only small complaint is repetitive use of typical essentially crossword-only clues. Perhaps try to use more challenging clues. Maybe I’ve just done too many puzzles!
Can’t minimize keyboard 5/5
I love the app and have been solving NYT crosswords for more than 20 years. My only frustration is that I cannot minimize the keyboard, even though I am following the directions on the screen. Is there a fix for this? It sounds like other iPad Pro users are experiencing similar difficulties.
Easy to use on iPad and iPhone! 5/5
It‘s a no-brainer that the iPad is a fantastic device on which to work a NYT crossword puzzle. What surprised and delights me is how comfortable the app is to use on the much smaller screens of my iPhones—both a 5S and a XS! Stable and fast, too.
Frustratingly Fun 5/5
The New York Times Crossword Puzzle has been a part of pop culture for decades. This app brings the wordplay into your device so that cruciverbalists the world over may delight!
Daily must 5/5
Used to only do wed-sun on paper. Now every day.
Bad access to apps 1/5
Just paid $20 and now search through a pathetic matrix of accessing what I paid for on my iPhone ...where the h... did access to Tiles go with multiple design configurations to choose from
A really bad experience and will never recommend these games to the hundreds of students I teach technology to
Modern Classic 5/5
What fun one can have in completing and competing a crossword with the whole world. Warning, repeated use may lead to exigency in the use of one’s vocabulary. Elegant design with constant updates and links to fun hints and an even funner comment section.
Fun challenge 5/5
Monday’s are too easy, Friday’s and Saturday’s are maddeningly tough! It makes it interesting! Good for the mind. Love it on my iPad.
By Amused Bouche
Why not put newby pizzles in for MT @W and some old peoples for Th Fri Sat & Sun
By Benny McPherson
Best xword puzzles
Surprisingly fun! 5/5
How about some font size control 3/5
Really need some better control of the type font and size to make it more comfortable for some people with vision problems.
Great content, great way to improve 4/5
I’ve been doing the puzzles for years now, and get a little faster when I do them consistently,m. A few hints toward the end, or at least checking my work so far gives me the training to check less and less over time.
The app is occasionally glitchy, like a blank keyboard, but a relaunch fixes it.
Tech support?? Nope. 1/5
Since I got a new iPad, I can’t access puzzles. I was even willing to get a separate subscription just for the iPad, but I can’t do that either. I did finally manage to get someone to email me. I was told to delete and reinstall the app, which I did. Twice. It didn’t work. I emailed back, reporting that the problem wasn’t fixed. Since then? Crickets.
My conclusion is that Magmic is either incompetent or indifferent. Not cool.
3 pm on Sunday is not Monday 1/5
Releasing the free daily mini a day early takes away the current day’s free mini (e.g., Monday’s mini as early as 3:00 p.m. on a Sunday)! Ugh. Why do that?!? The free minis are among the few daily pleasures I have ... and I rate this app a 1 because it consistently robs me of that pleasure for no apparently good reason. Just wait until the day of to release the daily mini, and this will be a 5-star app!
By Albert Lawson
Why does it cut off in 1993? Crosswords existed before the Will Shortz era. Lame.
Night mode 5/5
Thanks for adding night mode. I often do my crosswords late at night under the covers, long after hubby has fallen asleep. Now I won’t accidentally wake him.
I am grateful for Will Shortz 5/5
Just had to say... keeping my brain sharp for almost 40 years!
Free trial? 1/5
All you get free is the daily mini. Deleted right away. I’ll stick with the NYT crossword compilation books.
Missing puzzles? 3/5
I subscribed so I could access other types of puzzles, too. For example, underneath Letter Boxed, there’s a subscribe button. I’ve subscribed, logged in, and can’t see the game anywhere.
No way to enter 1/5
There’s no way to win this as only one letter can be entered in a square.
Cannot minimize keyboard 1/5
I have the iPad Pro with an apple keyboard. No matter what I do I am stuck with an on-screen keyboard. There is sticker at the bottom says the keyboard can be moved using the >> keys, but this doesn’t actually work.
This seems like poor app development for a paid subscription. I was hoping the latest update would resolve this, but no luck.
I’ve contacted support and not had a response or a fix.