But the New York Times, already with an iPhone app for its news, introduces yet another content delivery format in its New York Times Crosswords 2009 app. With its ease of use and extensive archive, it could be a game changer for how people fill crosswords from the Old Gray Lady.
The archive is the crown jewel for this app, hands down, and it's what really sets it apart from the competition. After registering with the Times, your account provides access to almost every puzzle dating back to 1997. At $9.99, that kind of bargain is hard to beat for crossword lovers. For the truly hardcore crossword nerds out there, a handful of tools help track all puzzles in progress, too. If you're really frustrated (and you will be), the puzzles can be unlocked the next day.