At the Washington Post’s puzzle page, the “Print This Crossword” link now gives you a PDF with the grid at the bottom right (so your solving hand doesn’t cover the clues) and with gray blocks (so your printer uses less toner). I know some of you had concerns about the way the Crossword Solver program printed out puzzles, and hope this option brings you back into the fold of daily CrosSynergy puzzle action.
Here’s what today’s CS PDF looks like:
Interestingly, the New York Times Premium Crosswords page now also offers a daily PDF version of the puzzle. That one looks like the puzzle in the paper (same layout and fonts, etc.), rather than looking like a printout from a crossword-solving application. This move is long overdue—a great many of the Premium Crosswords solvers want to print out a hard copy (me, I prefer solving at the keyboard), and it never made much sense to have to download Across Lite software just to open the puzzle and print it. The PDF option also means no gyrations are needed when an innovative crossword twist doesn’t work in Across Lite—the Times is releasing PDFs daily, whether the puzzle bends the format or not. So no more waiting hours for a special puzzle’s PDF to be posted.
It would appear that Litsoft’s hegemony over printed-out crosswords is drawing to a close, no?