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Are the puzzles free?

Our crossword and word search puzzles are free. Cryptogram, Hangman, Maze, Phrase Invaders and Slide Solve are only available to Dictionary.com Premium Members.

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Are there samples of the Premium-only puzzles?

Yes! Samples of our Premium-only puzzles can be found on our Fun & Games page.

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How often are the puzzles updated?

All of our puzzles are updated daily.

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Why am I seeing a previous puzzle?

Most likely, your browser has 'cached' — that is, remembered — yesterday's puzzle. To force your browser to retrieve the most current puzzle, clear your browser's cache and reload the page. This can often be accomplished by holding down the 'shift' key while reloading.

If you use Mac OS 8.1 - 9.2.2, try emptying your Java cache. To do this, go to this folder and move its contents to the Trash:

System Folder:Application Support:MRJ Cache

Note that this will have no effect on the crossword puzzle, as it uses Flash, not Java.

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I followed your advice and still see the same puzzle. What do I do?

If you are positive that your browser did not cache the puzzle, please let us know.

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Why can't I see the puzzles?

Crossword Puzzle, Cryptogram, Hangman:

These puzzles require Macromedia's free Flash Player browser plug-in. Most browsers already include the Flash Player plug-in. If you do not see these puzzles, make sure your browser has the Flash Player installed and that it is configured to use plug-ins.

For help using or installing Flash Player, go to Macromedia's Flash Player Support Center. For more information on Flash Player, read the Flash Player FAQ.

Maze, Phrase Invaders, Slide Solve, Word Search:

These puzzles require Java. If you have Java and it's disabled, you must enable it to access the puzzles. To check if you have Java installed and enabled, please visit:

http://javatester.org/

If you are a Windows Internet Explorer user, go to Tools -> Internet Options. Then click the 'Security' tab, and select the 'Internet' zone. Then click the 'Custom Level' button, which brings up another dialog box. Scroll down the list until you see 'Microsoft VM'. Under that item, you'll see 'Java Permissions', which lists a number of options. Make sure the 'Disable Java' option is not checked.

If you are a Mac Internet Explorer user, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Java (in the 'Web Browser' section). Make sure 'Enable Java (Apple MRJ)' is checked.

If you are using another browser or operating system, please consult your browser's help system or the documentation that came with it.

Windows users: Not all versions of Windows contain the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM) - the component of Windows that allows you to use Java programs - and Microsoft no longer allows users to download or install it. However, there are other options such as using Sun Microsystems' Java 2 Runtime Environment (JRE):

http://www.java.com/en/download/help/win_manual.jsp

For more information on Microsoft and Java, we recommend that you read through their FAQ on transitioning away from the MSJVM:

http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/java/faq.asp

It contains both legal and technical information on the MSJVM.

General information about Microsoft and Java can be found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/java/

If you use Mac OS 8.1 - 9.2.2 and do not have Java, you must download and install 'Mac OS Runtime for Java' (MRJ):

http://developer.apple.com/java/download.html

Please note that MRJ < 2.2.3 and Internet Explorer 5.0 can be unstable. We recommend that you use the latest version of MRJ and Internet Explorer for Mac OS 8.1 - 9.x.

More information about Apple, Mac OS 8.1 - 9.2.2 and Java can be found here:

http://developer.apple.com/java/classic.html

If you use Mac OS X, you should already have the 'Mac OS X Java Runtime Environment' (JRE) installed. If not, or if you need to update your JRE please visit:

http://developer.apple.com/java/

If you use Linux, you can download or update Java here:

http://java.sun.com/linux/

Users of other operating systems should consult the appropriate Web site for help with downloading and installing Java.

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What happened to the Java-based crossword puzzle, cryptogram and hangman? Will they be back?

The Java-based crossword puzzle, cryptogram and hangman have been retired and will not return. We believe that the Flash-based versions of these puzzles provide a greater experience, and we hope you will too.

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Can you help me with the crossword puzzle?

Yes! Try our Crossword Solver, which contains more than 400,000 entries and allows you to search by clue, answer, and number of letters.

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Is there a way to access previous puzzles?

A 30-day archive of our puzzles is available to Dictionary.com Premium Members. There is no way to access puzzles older than 30 days.

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Is there a way to print the puzzles?

Yes! Everyone can print today's crossword puzzle, and Dictionary.com Premium Members can also print today's word search as well as the crossword puzzle and word search for the past 30 days.

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I thought only Dictionary.com Premium members could print the crossword puzzle?

Since our new Flash-based crossword puzzle allows for easy printing, we decided to give this ability to everyone.

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How can I report an error in one of your puzzles?

All of our puzzles are licensed to us by a third-party. Because of this, we are unable make any kind of modification to them.

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I was playing Literati at Yahoo Games and found a discrepancy. What gives?

Yahoo! requested a special word game word list that is compatible with The Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, Third Edition. (SCRABBLE is a trademark of Hasbro in the United States and Canada. SCRABBLE rights elsewhere in the world are held by J.W. Spear & Sons Limited of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. Our word list is not an official SCRABBLE word list.)

The word list we supplied to Yahoo is fully compatible with The Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, Third Edition, which omits proper names, words requiring hyphens or apostrophes, words considered foreign, and abbreviations, as these are not allowed in the game.

You can look up a word at Hasbro's site to find out whether it is permissible. You have to look up the non-inflected form of the word. For example, if a word ends in '-s', either because it is a plural or a third-person singular form of a verb, you have to look it up without the '-s'. The same goes for '-ing', '-ed', etc. The inflected forms are in there, but to find them you have to look up the non-inflected form.

Please note that our involvement was limited to providing the specified list. We had nothing to do with the software or the rules or any other aspect of the game. Note also that we cannot reply to inquiries about this subject.

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Other comments, questions, or suggestions about Fun & Games

We sincerely appreciate your feedback and suggestions, and we really do read each and every message sent to us. Unfortunately we are unable to reply individually to all of them. Your comments help us improve our service, and we thank you for taking the time to share them with us. If you would like to send us feedback about our Fun & Games offerings, click here.

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