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NY Times Crosswords Vol. 1
 
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NY Times Crosswords Vol. 1 (30 World Famous Easy Puzzles)

by The New York Times
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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NY Times Crosswords, Vol 1, comes with a unique bundle of 30 world famous easy puzzles handpicked by The New York Times and edited by Will Shortz.

You can solve unassisted or get help using the 'reveal one letter' or 'reveal entire answer' functionality. You can even check your work for errors.

Enjoy the gold standard of crossword puzzles on your Kindle!

Product Details

  • Version: 1.1
  • Release Date: January 20, 2011
  • File Size: 667 kB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The New York Times
  • Sold by: NY Times
  • ASIN: B004FOWDWU
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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110 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, crosswords made for Kindle December 22, 2010
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I know everyone's waiting for someone else to take the plunge on this, as other crossword implementations have been so bad. Well, this one is pretty good. Not perfect, but playable.

The good:
--Clues are right where you can see them, both across and down.
--Everything is very readable.
--Answer checking is available.
--Fully interactive.

The not-so-good:
--The game doesn't know where the next answer should be placed, so you have to scroll around a bit to get to a clue on the next line.
--It's slow. There is significant lag time between typing and letters appearing, but you can type ahead.

I enjoyed playing the puzzles, and wasn't all that frustrated over the problems; however, I won't break the bank scrambling to buy every last set of puzzles.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Slow December 27, 2010
By Shrek
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Unfortunately the slow speed of this application spoils the experience. Simply entering a single letter or moving to another square takes way too long. As a software professional I would have to say that something is wrong with this application since there is no major processing occurring when typing a letter. The Scrabble game performs the same actions and is significantly faster. Hopefully there will be an update that will fix this problem.
Speed aside the program is fine and has some nice features to make it work on the Kindle.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent puzzles, nice layout, but slow interface December 23, 2010
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The puzzles are great, the layout is perfect, the only problem is that the interface is extremely slow. Expect second-long, or longer, delays when cursoring around the puzzle.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my Kindle January 3, 2011
By Brian P
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I do two things to retain my sanity on an airline flight. I read and work crossword puzzles. The puzzles were always problematic because after you are shoe-horned into a slender seat in coach (I weigh 165 and it is still a tight fit at times), you have to dig out your puzzle book, pencil, and eraser. If you get up to stretch your legs and drop the stuff, you're on your knees looking for the pencil, etc. Today, I discovered this nifty new item and decided to gamble $2.00 to try it out. I'm not sure where the complaints of slowness come from as my version works wonderfully. The interface seems well thought out. The display is clear and easy to read. The cursor moves quickly, given the device retrieves the clue and displays it at the top of the screen. It is easy to change cursor movement from horizontal to vertical. I also do not experience any lag with cursor moves or text entry. You can also blank out the puzzle and re-work it at some future date (for me, on some future flight). Now, I can throw my puzzle books away and just bring my Kindle with me to the airport. Absolutely brilliant!! Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Answer: The New York Times 30 Crosswords Volume 1

The New York Times' Crosswords are progressive during the week: Monday's are the easiest, Tuesday's a bit harder and so on. This Volume, NY Times Crosswords Vol. 1 contains 10 puzzles from each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY (30 TOTAL). The title says "30 EASY CROSSWORDS", but remember it is the NY Times, so I would say they range from Easy to Medium, and some of the Wednesday clues have been downright HARD and/or obscure! This volume of 30 is a great way to test them out to see if this active content is for you, as the price is quite low. There is a second volume which contains 90 more puzzles, as well as 2 other volumes of more difficult crosswords.

You can select any puzzle at any time. I have not noticed a great amount of lag on my Kindle (2nd Gen), but you can choose in the set up to have to type out each letter each time OR to skip the letters already in place. This is great and allows for much faster entering. Using the Aa (font) button, you can select the size of each puzzle and the lettering on the clues as well. There are enough options to make this VERY user-friendly--you can select timed or un-timed entry, choose to get 1 letter as a hint or the entire answer (as well as solve the whole puzzle). Like everything else for the Kindle, you can select landscape or portrait orientations, too. You can jump ahead (or back) to a clue/answer by just typing in the number! SO EASY!

The WORST thing about this content is there aren't enough puzzles! 30 was just enough to get me going, so I quickly ordered Volume 2
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Across and Down July 27, 2011
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The New York Times Crosswords (easy) Vol. 1 is a great "active" program on Kindle. It has 30 crosswords, easy meaning it is a little more challenging than the puzzles you get in a daily local newspaper. The puzzle can be solved with no help or with the help of a crossword puzzle dictionary. You don't even need the dictionary because of the useful help menu. When you get stuck, you can reveal one letter or the complete answer to a clue. The 5 way controller on the Kindle allows you to go to a clue and use the keyboard to type in your responses. Across and Down clues can be called up to the display by pressing down on the 5 way.

The puzzles are entertaining, most often following a theme. Some puzzles have circled letters that are repeated in more than one clue. Some have circled letters that when combined spell out a phrase or series of items related to the puzzle theme. Some crosswords have clues containing a single box that contains 2 letters. Finding these same two letter boxes in other clues sets the stage for answering an Across and a Down clue starting with the same box.

At the end of your work, you get a congratulating message or an indication there are errors in the puzzle. You can check for errors (X over the wrong letters) and fix them to complete the puzzle. A timer checks your speed of solution. The sleep function or turning off the Kindle stops the clock. It resumes when you come back to the puzzle later.

If you like crossword puzzles, you'll really like this program. I solved all 30 puzzles in Vol. 1 and have bought two more easy volumes. Even though the puzzles seem to get a bit more challenging as you work through the puzzles, I plan to move on to the more challenging New York Times puzzles offered for Kindle in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless
The software for this crossword is horrible. Takes forever to go from square to square. Won't buy any more crosswords.
Published 23 days ago by Edward Siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
There are a lot of puzzles to try out. They are kind of hard, but most crosswords are and that is what makes them exciting!
Published 28 days ago by Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun but can be frustrating
The puzzle relies on the live interaction with Amazon and for some reason it will close down and lose your recent entries. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Becca Sanchez
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging!
This is a very challenging and frustrating project. While rewarding at times, I prefer Thomas Joseph Crosswords Vol.1. I appreciate the opportunity to review.
Published 1 month ago by Newman
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget it!!
I am never able to finish a puzzle. The whole screen with the puzzle disappears when you are about 3/4 of the way through. Read more
Published 2 months ago by susan agnew
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it!
Once you get used to maneuvering, it's pretty easy to use. And the puzzles are not too easy/not too hard. I really like using these puzzles.
Published 2 months ago by cynthia
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work on Paperwhite
Puzzles are great but Kindle crashed before I was ever able to complete a puzzle. I'm thinking about asking for a refund.
Published 3 months ago by Sir Readalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners!
These puzzles are great for the novice puzzler. Some clues are more challenging than others so it still makes you work and is not too easy. I just wish there were more than 30!
Published 3 months ago by Adrienne D Ortyl
1.0 out of 5 stars Crashes!
I am so frustrated with this game I want to through my Kindle out the window! I don't know if it is my Kindle or a flaw in the NY Times Crossword, but my Kindle crashes just as I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gnomelou
2.0 out of 5 stars doesn't work with 2nd generation paperwhite
I bought this and a few other NY Times crossword puzzle packs with my original paperwhite. However, after my daughter accidentally destroyed that reader and I upgraded to the 2nd... Read more
Published 3 months ago by rfw213
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this crashes my kindle touch
I purchased Volume 5 today, and it has already crashed my Kindle Touch twice. It gets slower and slower, before completely freezing. I reset the Kindle (twice), but evidently this is not really a fix. Any clues?
Apr 15, 2013 by Rose |  See all 3 posts
Are these 30 puzzles different than the 90 in volume 2?
I was also wondering about that critical point! Let's hope an accurate answer appears before too long!
Dec 22, 2010 by Dawdling Tourist |  See all 2 posts
tips for NY times puzzles
I have a similar problem with the cursor and just wrote a review about that problem. If there is a way to fix it, I don't know how.
Oct 3, 2012 by Deanna Alpert |  See all 2 posts
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