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Crosswords help in your terminal

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crosswords is a terminal tool to help you solving crosswords.

This is a full rewrite of a script I wrote back in 2011.


pip install crosswords

To upgrade a previous installation, use:

pip install -U crosswords


crosswords [-l <language>] <word>

Your word should have ? characters for each letter you don’t know, e.g.: bon??ur. By default, the tool returns up to 8 possible words.

Some words have special meaning:

  • list: list local languages

  • remote_list: list remote languages

  • install: install a language

  • update: update local languages

A language dictionnary is a file with one word per line, without accents, hyphens or special chars. Local dictionnaries are stored in ~/.crosswords/dicts. Remote ones are on my website.


Here are the currently available languages. You can install any of them with crosswords install <language>.

  • English (english): 70k words

  • French (french): 300k words


Clone this repo, then:

[sudo] make deps
make check

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