Ad-free CrosSynergy solving moves to subscription model

Fans of the CrosSynergy syndicate’s puzzles that publish in the Washington Post may have noticed a change  in puzzle file availability. The Post’s games web page can no longer be used to download a .jpz (Crossword Solver) file. The publisher prefers to direct solvers to the online game, where solvers view an ad before accessing the puzzle for free. You can still solve the two more recent weeks of puzzles online at the WaPo site, print out the puzzles there, and use their leaderboards.

The CrosSynergy team is now offering email subscriptions for those who prefer ad-free or offline solving on the computer, or who like to support independent distribution of crosswords a la the AV Club and MGWCC. Each evening, the following day’s puzzle is sent to subscribers in .jpz and .pdf formats, plus a .pdf solution page.

The general subscription page is here: $2.99 a month or an introductory offer of $24.99 a year ($15 less than the NYT puzzle subscription, and under 7¢ a day). I’m delighted that they’ve got a special offer for Diary of a Crossword Fiend readers: A free month of CS puzzles. I encourage you to sign up for your free trial here:  http://www.csxword.com/fiend/. Also, if you’re really hankering for the .puz file format, .jpz-to.puz converters are available.

—Amy

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MGWCC #351

crossword 6:05
meta 15 minutes, maybe    (2.84 avg; 28 ratings)
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jonesin' 3:42 (Amy)    (3.50 avg; 4 ratings)
NYT 3:22 (Amy)    (2.63 avg; 42 ratings)
LAT 3:06 (Amy)    (3.50 avg; 14 ratings)
CS 8:52 (Ade)    (3.86 avg; 7 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.33 avg; 3 ratings)
AV Club ~5 minutes (Andy)    (4.66 avg; 19 ratings)
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Monday, February 23, 2015

NYT 2:56 (pannonica)    (3.94 avg; 32 ratings)
LAT 3:15 (pannonica)    (3.87 avg; 15 ratings)
CS 26:48 (Ade)    (2.74 avg; 17 ratings)
BEQ 5:49 (Amy)    (4.09 avg; 11 ratings)
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

NYT 8:50 (Amy)    (4.61 avg; 58 ratings)
Reagle 6:25 (Amy)    (3.44 avg; 8 ratings)
LAT 5:52 (Andy)    (3.28 avg; 9 ratings)
Hex/Hook 8:13 (pannonica)    (3.50 avg; 2 ratings)
WaPo 9:40 (Gareth)    (4.17 avg; 9 ratings)
CS untimed (Ade)    (4.50 avg; 9 ratings)
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Newsday 10:00/1 Google (Amy)    (3.90 avg; 5 ratings)
NYT 7:14 (Amy)    (3.65 avg; 26 ratings)
LAT 5:22 (Amy)    (3.19 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 7:51 (Ade)    (3.25 avg; 2 ratings)

If you’re up for a challenge and like anagramming, check out Tim Croce’s anagram crossword. Each answer needs to be anagrammed into something new before being entered in the grid. Took me 24:04, so somewhere between 5 and 10 times longer than a standard puzzle with straightforward clues and fill. A delight!
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Friday, February 20, 2015

NYT 5:41 (Amy)    (3.40 avg; 30 ratings)
LAT 11:48 (Gareth, paper)    (3.61 avg; 14 ratings)
CS 8:42 (Ade)    (3.60 avg; 5 ratings)
CHE 5:56 (pannonica)    (3.93 avg; 7 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) 9:05 (pannonica)    (4.13 avg; 8 ratings)
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