Crosswords dictionaries store word lists and tile information
(counts and values) in a highly compressed form that's optimized for
quick searches. There is a growing number of prebuilt dictionaries
available. See the download page for details.
Alternatively, you can build your own!
B.Y.O.D., which stands for "Build Your Own Dictionary",
is a website that allows you to turn a list of words you supply into a
dictionary you can use to play Crosswords. This has been the most
requested addition by long-time users of the PalmOS version of
Crosswords, and there's a huge number of things people want to do with BYOD. Language
teachers want to build from simplified vocabulary lists as a study
aid. Medical students want to play with pharmacological terms. And
some parents want to remove offensive words from lists their young
kids will use.
The BYOD site
is meant to be self-explanatory. To use it you make
a few simple choices via a web browser, upload your word list, and
download the resulting dictionary.
Please let us know
what you think.
Note that BYOD-built dictionaries are not always usable with the Android
version of Crosswords because that version requires UTF-8 formatting for letters not part
of the standard ASCII alphabet. If you're an Android
Crosswords user who wants to use BYOD please let me know and I'll kick
up the priority on updating BYOD.