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Whirlwind WordSearch is a new versatile word-search puzzle maker for Macintosh, tailored to create professional-looking word-search puzzles aimed at beginners or advanced puzzle solvers.

Using Whirlwind WordSearch, the user can generate many puzzles from their own word sets, choose the difficulty and the size of the puzzle, and choose from a wide variety of built-in shapes. The generated puzzles and answer keys can be printed or copied into page layout software for publishing in newsletters, books, or classroom hand-outs.


  • Choose from a wide variety of built-in shapes, more...

What's New

Version 2.0:
  • There are now several supported languages/alphabets built-in besides English, so you can create puzzles with words in French, Spanish, Swedish, German, Russian, Japanese, or Greek.
  • More built-in shapes (Checkers, Crescent, Plus-sign)
  • Now goes up to 50-by-50 letters (that's a lot of words!)
  • Add "hidden words" into your puzzle but not in the word list or more...


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Mrchips Member IconReview+137

If you feel like having a little fun with words, Whirlwind Wordsearch may be for you! I've used it to create puzzles for friends using words that are personal to them, like their children's names, favorite foods, or places they've visited recently.

To make a puzzle you simply enter a list of words, select a puzzle shape and difficulty, and press "Create!" In a moment you'll have a puzzle you can print, and a "cheat sheet" for you. You can also print to PDF, do a "rectangular" select, and copy the puzzle to an email or document.

Of course you can make puzzles you will enjoy solving, too. Just ignore the "solution" below the puzzle (hide the window if you like) and only print the first page (the second page is the solution).

A nice future feature might be the ability to hide the solution in the window so you can save paper if you only want to solve your own puzzles. Still, a very good and entertaining v1.0 effort!

Full disclosure: I was a beta tester and the developer did use some of my suggestions.

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Downloads 205
Version Downloads 12
License Commercial
Date 19 Mar 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.99