I think everyone has been stuck on a crossword clue at some point, this tool is designed to help. Enter the known characters and use dots '.' or question marks '?' to represent the unknown letters. The 'Search for possible words' button will print all english words that match the known letters and length constraints.
For words with many unknown letters there may be many possible solutions, which can be inconvenient to look through. For words with many known letters , though, there are usually only a few possibilities.
E.g. if you have the following word in a crossword and wish to know what words may fit:
This would be entered as 'S.L.D' or 'S?L?D' in the text entry field below.
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How are the Words Ordered? §
It may seem like the words are not ordered according to any scheme, but they are in fact ordered according to how common they are in English. Google has a 'trillion word dataset' from which word frequencies can be extracted. These are then used to rank words in the word list used here, so the word you want is likely to be near the top of the list.comments powered by Disqus