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File size: 7.4MB
Platform: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000,
License: Trial
Price: $159.95
Downloads: 12
Date added: 2011-10-04
Publisher: Crossword Man

Sympathy Crossword Construction 3.4 description

Sympathy Crossword Construction 3.4 is known as an easy yet efficient application which allows you to create professional quality crosswords for publication in print form or on the web. It has a wealth of construction and filling features to aid the compiler; its flexibility in grid drawing and puzzle layout will appeal to crossword publishers.

Sympathy creates US style Fully Checked and Diagramless crosswords, as well as Blocked and Barred cryptic crosswords. Completed puzzles can be printed directly, or exported in a variety of formats for publication in paper form. Sympathy can also output crosswords as HTML, with grids in bitmap formats such as JPEG and PNG for web publication.

Major Features:

  1. Basic features
    • Puzzle types
      • US-style crosswords with Fully Checked grids
      • Diagramless puzzles
      • Blocked grid crosswords
      • Barred grid crosswords
    • Starting points
      • Choosing a stock grid from one of the supplied libraries
      • Reusing your own stock grid
      • Starting with a regular grid pattern
      • Importing a puzzle in the ipuz open standard format
    • Grid editing
      • You can use the mouse or the keyboard to change the grid
      • There are 10 grid symmetry types to choose from
      • You can create grids up to 100 rows by 100 columns
      • Editing automatically preserves the symmetry of the grid
    • Grid typography
      • All grid dimensions, colors and fonts are configurable
      • Thematic answers can be highlighted using fonts, text colors or background shading
      • Blocks can be completely filled or Italian Style
      • Unused cells can be left empty to make "holes" or create Irregular grid outlines
      • Numbering can be omitted or manually assigned to any of the four cell corners
      • Cells can contain more than one answer letter (for "rebus" themes)
      • Cells can be marked with a circle
      • Cell edges can be omitted, given various dash styles, or forced to be rules or bars
      • Answer letters can optionally be shown in the blank grid
    • Clue typography
      • Override the conventional clue numbering
      • Customize the overall character and paragraph formatting of clues
      • Change font, type size and emphasis of characters within clues
      • Choose the style of answer enumerations
      • Control the puzzle and solution layouts using the WYSIWYG editor
      • Define your own fields such as the puzzle title, author and preamble
      • Design layout templates to reuse in new crosswords
    • Crossword publication
      • Printing the puzzle or solution directly to the computer's printer
      • Exporting in word processor format (RTF) for inclusion in another publication
      • Exporting in the ipuz open standard format
      • Exporting as HTML for web publication in a printable form
      • Exporting grid images in bitmap formats such as JPEG and PNG
  2. Advanced features:
    • Grid filling
      • Very fast automatic creation of up to 10 unique fills
      • Interactive filling for precise word selection
      • Filling individual words from a list or by cycling through the possibilities
      • Filling a subset of the grid
      • Filling from up to 8 dictionaries in a priority order
      • Undesirable words can be temporarily or permanently removed
      • Duplicate words can be allowed or suppressed
    • Grid transpormations
      • Reflection of the grid in the main diagonal
      • Rotation of the grid through 90 degrees
      • Grid resizing
    • Lexicographical support
      • The Core English list includes 67,000 common words (with and without inflections)
      • The Edited English list includes 264,372 words (with and without inflections)
      • The US Puzzle list includes American English vocabulary with around 282,112 words and phrases
      • The integrated dictionary/thesaurus has definitions for 195,000 entries
      • Citations indicate dictionaries where a further 135,000 entries are found
      • You can also look up words using Internet search engines, dictionaries and encyclopedias
    • Clue databases
      • New and updated clues are automatically saved to a clue database
      • Previously written clues for each answer are shown in the Clue Workshop
      • Grids can be filled using the words in a clue database
      • Clues can be imported from text files and from crosswords created with Sympathy
    • Grid statistics
      • Comprehensive grid statistics including average answer length and checking level
      • Lists of answers that have breached configurable checking rules
      • Frequency of use of different letters of the alphabet
      • Analysis of dictionary use during filling
      • Frequency of use of different answer lengths
      • Clicking on a statistic selects the objects that contribute to it
    • Wordplay wizard
      • Anagramming
      • Reversal
      • Charades
      • Container and Contents
      • Head, Tail, Middle and Ends Deletion
      • Alternating letters
      • Substitution
    • Gimmicks
      • Allowing or enforcing entry in the reverse direction
      • Deletion from answers, including Letters Latent
      • Answers with Misprints
      • Encryption of answers using Playfair coding
      • Encryption of answers using Substitution Cipher
      • Restricting answers using TEA Patterns
      • Different Dictionaries for different parts of the grid
    • Tools
      • Word List Merge sorts and combines text-based word lists
      • Dictionary Builder converts text-based word lists into Sympathy dictionaries
      • Clue Maintainer edits and converts clue databases


  • Support for importing and exporting crosswords in the ipuz open standard format.


  • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7

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