How To Create And Sell Free Puzzles With Solutions

How To Create And Sell Free Puzzles With Solutions

Following How To Create & Sell Crossword Puzzles For Free, here is another free resource for creating multiple types of puzzles including Crosswords and Word Search for selling. Let us create an easy example crossword puzzle for print and export with solutions.

In a competitive modern market, we have to niche down to have a better chance for sales, we will next explore how to create a theme dictionary for incorporating into our new puzzles.

How to create and sell free puzzles with solutions

  • Crossword Express

Crossword Express is a labor of love stretching 25 years in the making of a particular individual.

Crossword Express Homepage
Crossword Express Homepage

How to install Cross Express?

  • Download and install Java from here if you do not already have it
  • Download the ZIP file from this page. Unzip it. Double-click the Crossword-Express.jar file to run the program. Read the Read Me file.
Double click the JAR extension file to start the program
Double click the JAR extension file to start the program

How to create a puzzle with Crossword Express?

Let us start with a crossword puzzle.

Crossword Express Start Screen
Crossword Express Start Screen
Select Standard Crossword and then click GO
Select Standard Crossword and then click GO
Crossword start screen
Crossword start screen
Select Build and Conststruction Wizard
Select Build and Construction Wizard
Select english as Dictionary
Select English as Dictionary
30 puzzles and leave the puzzle name as it is
30 puzzles and leave the puzzle name as it is
Select a grid and wait for building to complete after OK
Select a grid and wait for the building to complete after OK
Building complete message
Building complete message
Print Crossword
Print Crossword

Select puz clue sol
Select puz-clue-sol
Go to task and print
Go to task and print
Print to PDF
Print to PDF
Print ti Print Preview or Save As PDF
Print ti Print Preview or Save As PDF
Export to multiple PNG files of different puzzles at once
Export to multiple PNG files of different puzzles at once
Example screenshot of first PNG puzzle exported
Example screenshot of first PNG puzzle exported
Multiple exported PNGs
Multiple exported PNGs

Congratulations, at this point, we should have multiple high-quality PNGs that we can import into any book editing app or site for selling.

How to create a dictionary theme for our puzzles?

It is impertinent in current competitive markets to distinguish our products from others. Creating puzzles with curated words enables us to do just that.

Dictionary Maintenance
Dictionary Maintenance
Create Theme Dictionary
Create Theme Dictionary
Put in a new dictionary name
Put in a new dictionary name
Put in word and clue and enter to insert for a new dictionary entry
Put in word and clue and enter to insert for a new dictionary entry
Example theme dictionary
Example theme dictionary
Theme dictionary should appear after Save and Quit
Theme dictionary should appear after Save and Quit
Select the created theme dictionary for construction
Select the created theme dictionary for construction
Put the name for saving
Put the name for saving
Wait for the puzzle to create
Wait for the puzzle to create

That’s it.

How to sell Crossword Express puzzles?

Here are some ideas that we may get creative with.

Benefits of Crossword Express

  • Free working shareware/freeware (why freeware)
  • Multiple types of puzzles e.g. 30 including Crossword and Word Search
  • No limitations at all to creating an unlimited number of puzzles
  • High PNG pixel resolution quality export option
  • Commercial use allowed. The author would like the website to be mentioned with each puzzle e.g. www.crauswords.com

Disadvantages of Crossword Express

  • Old Java program
  • The program may not be very robust or very intuitive to work with
  • The website is not on SSL
  • The print to PDF option may not work as expected

Crossword Express VS Crossword Labs

  • Crossword Express (CE) has multiple puzzles but Crossword Labs (CL) only Crosswords
  • CE is a Java program while CL is web-based
  • CE is free without limitations. CL is free but a 10 dollars lifetime subscription has more options for hidden or private puzzles
  • CL is more intuitive with fast words insertions for a crossword puzzle

Conclusion

Crossword Express is a useful program for creating certain puzzles quickly. Although it is not a modern app with the latest technologies and may have some glitches, it is nevertheless working shareware/freeware that can still produce an unlimited number of evergreen puzzles for any free and commercial use.

Remember there are multiple puzzles that can be generated all for free. My gratitude to the author for his hard work and generosity. Please consider contributing with a donation to the author if you are a satisfied user.

Crossword Express is a powerful route that can be a feasible viable source of passive income for anyone interested to put in the hard work and time.

The puzzles can be sold as KDP books, Etsy PDF downloads, YouTube or site videos, website membership access, or even incorporated into games or publish as games embed.

Be wholesome.

More Information

How to open the Crossword Express puzzles with Open in Preview or Save As PDF?

A possible reason is that your operating system does not have a PDF print driver. A solution can be to install a free one from here.

Is there more video information for Crossword Express?

Please visit the official YouTube channel here.

How to create videos and games with the puzzles?

Videos and games are very broad topics in their own domains. Here are some ideas of what can be possible:

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