cursewords is a "graphical" command line program for solving crossword puzzles in the terminal. It can be used to open files saved in the widely used AcrossLite
cursewords includes nearly every major feature you might expect in a crossword program, including:
- intuitive navigation
- answer-checking for squares, words, and full puzzles
- a pausable puzzle timer
- a puzzle completeness notification
It is currently under active development, and should not be considered fully "released." That said, it is stable and suitable for everyday use.
cursewords is only compatible with
python3, and can be installed through
pip. If you don't know what that means, the best command is probably:
pip3 install --user cursewords
You should then be ready to go. You can then use
cursewords to open
.puz files directly:
If you've used a program to solve crossword puzzles, navigation should be pretty intuitive.
shift+tab are the workhorses for navigation between blanks.
page up and
page down (on Mac,
Fn+ up/down arrow keys) jump between words without considering blank spaces.
ctrl+g, followed by a number, will jump directly to the space with that number.
If you need some help,
ctrl+c will check the current square, word, or entire puzzle for errors, and
ctrl+r will reveal answers (subject to the same scoping options). To clear all entries on the puzzle, use
ctrl+x, and to reset the puzzle to its original state (resetting the timer and removing any stored information about hints and corrections, use
To open a puzzle in
downs-only mode, where only the down clues are visible, use the
--downs-only flag when opening the file on the command line.