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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 (238 customer reviews)

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Product Description

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
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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113 of 114 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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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Slow December 27, 2010
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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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16 of 16 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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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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10 of 10 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Diversion for a Long Flight!
Good puzzles; hard to manipulate the cursor in old-style Kindle.
Published 1 month ago by Stephen A. Brietzke
1.0 out of 5 stars are fine, but the print is too small
The puzzles, themselves, are fine, but the print is too small, and the process is too tedious.
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the crosswords
Published 6 months ago by Loretta Gaido
1.0 out of 5 stars So slow! I finished one puzzle and moved to ...
So slow! I finished one puzzle and moved to another and could not go further. Finally deleted it.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the crosswords and subscribe to the daily NYT through ...
Love the crosswords and subscribe to the daily NYT through their app on my iPad. This obviously is a smaller format therefore more difficult to select individual boxes and keys on... Read more
Published 7 months ago by F. Rush
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more options.
Not enough options are given for this puzzle.
Published 9 months ago by donya
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Font too small. Caused my Kindle Touch to freeze up
Published 9 months ago by Earle C Prevatte
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Working on keeping that aging brain busy...
Published 10 months ago by Speaglet Mom
2.0 out of 5 stars No way would I recommend this game.
Once you get the hang of moving and positioning the cursor where you want it, the game is playable. HOWEVER, I found it greatly annoying to discover that as soon as I had almost... Read more
Published 10 months ago by eCid
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Too complicated
Published 13 months ago by Donald C Nickason
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