How to become a crossword (cheat) champ [Windows]

What it takes to be a dotTechie? To me, the answer is: You being always curious! But don’t get me wrong; curious does not necessarily mean to be serious; we dotTechies love fun, too! Are you passionate about crossword puzzle? Pulling your hair out trying to figure out how cryptic clues work? Or, you simply like playing with words? Here you go, your search ends here; Anagram Generator does it for you.

Anagram Generator main window

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Anagram Generator is a freeware that generates anagrams, lexigrams, palindromes and more.

Pros

  • Creates anagrams and lexigrams
  • Word search/crossword solver function allows wildcard searches against dictionary
  • Searches for words that rhyme with other words (Ideal for song writers, musicians and poets)
  • Allows you to see if your phone number spells anything interesting
  • Searches for palindromes
  • Solves jumble puzzles
  • Includes Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish dictionaries
  • Saves all results as TXT files for future viewing/editing/printing
  • Non-encrypted dictionaries allow full customization of words, if required
  • Manually edited English dictionary trimmed to generate interesting anagrams at a much faster speed
  • Portable (can be run from removable USB devices)
  • Freeware

Cons

  • Only suitable for non-diacritic languages

Discussion

For those who don’t know what anagram, lexigram, phoneme or palindrome means, the definitions are quoted here directly from the Oxford English Dictionary:

Anagram = A word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as spar, formed from rasp

Lexigram = A symbol representing a word, especially one used in learning a language

Phoneme = Any of the perceptually distinct units of sound in a specified language that distinguish one word from another, for example p, b, d, and t in the English words pad, pat, bad, and bat

Palindrome = A word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backwards as forwards, e.g. madam or nurses run

This program generates reverse dictionaries. It allows a right-click on a word to get the definition. The Word Search works for multi-word solutions. For you as a crossword puzzler, its main use may be to do a word search where you have missing letters.

Non-existing dictionaries may still be displayed on the Anagram Generator’s interface. In addition, the program is really suitable for non-diacritic languages only, as clearly stated by the help file: ‘The dictionaries for other languages do not support accents or other language specific characters’.

Download the installer, and extract to a folder of your choice. To use it as portable software, you must select ‘Portable USB drive installation’.

Copy & paste the contents given below onto the “Notepad” window, and Save As Anagram.ini (change .txt to .ini). Save this file to the folder of anagram.exe.

[Settings]

Portable=1

Else, it will complain about missing dictionary files. Launch anagram.exe.

Anagram Settings

In the main window, if you go to the Anagrams tab, type in a word next to ‘Source phrase’, and hit Enter, it will come up with the “Anagram Settings” dialog box where you can select ‘Minimum subword size’, ‘Maximum subword size’, ‘Max words in anagrams’, check (or uncheck) ‘Show search progress (slower)’, check (or uncheck) ‘Save lexigram results with anagrams’, and click OK (as shown in the above picture). When anagram search is completed, you can see how it looks like when anagram phrases are generated:

Anagram search completed

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

If you are a crossword junkie, Anagram Generator may seem to be the best free crossword cheat to you in the Windows platform. The good news is that it’s also available in Android. To me, it’s a keeper. How about you? Let us know in the comments!

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.4

Supported OS: Windows (XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10), Android

Download size: 4.49 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/67

Is it portable? Yes

Anagram Generator download page

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