FastEasyMaking your own crossword puzzle can be time-consuming and tedious.  Joy made one for her P.E.O. woman’s group, but it took hours and looked amateurish. Then she found “Eclipse Crossword,” a free program for generating puzzles that can be emailed, placed online or printed.

Start by putting down words and clues. (It’s best to choose words that are in the same subject area.) When you’re finished, the puzzle is generated automatically. Take your choice of an interactive version you can play with on the screen, or the kind you print for people to fill out later.

In the interactive version, the user is prompted to click on any word in the puzzle to start. Up comes a clue, and you type in your best guess. When finished, click a button to check your results and get congratulations if you were correct. The program is at

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