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WordPlay is a "must-have" for those interested in crosswords or other word puzzles. It can:

  • Find words that fit a specified pattern. You specify the pattern using letters and "wild-cards" and WordPlay does the rest. For example:
    • .A..ER.
      will find all words that fit the pattern, i.e. are seven letters long with A as the second letter, E as the fifth letter and R as the sixth letter.
    • A*
      will find all words starting with A.
    • *T
      will find all words ending with T.
    • A*T
      will find all words starting with A and ending with T.
    • A..T
      will find all four letter words starting with A and ending with T.
  • Find anagrams.
  • Solve "Trackwords."
  • Solve word ladders.

The default wild-card characters are "*" to match none or many characters, and "." to match exactly one character, but you can easily change these.

WordPlay is supplied with two word lists; a short one containing nearly 37000 common English words, and a longer one containing nearly 237000 English words, abbreviations etc. If that isn't enough, you can add words to these lists, or even use your own word lists entirely.

WordPlay is completely free to download and use.

System Requirements

Windows WordPlay is a program for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, XP, 2000, 2003, Vista and Windows 7. Sorry, but it won't work on a mac or Linux.