Dictionary.com Introduces the World's Most Intelligent Crossword Solver iPhone App

Agent X Word is on the case to solve the toughest crossword challenges; New iPhone app uses unique natural-language technology to provide accurate real-time answers

Dec 21, 2009, 08:00 ET from Dictionary.com

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for holiday road trips and lazy Sunday mornings, Dictionary.com, the leading online dictionary and a service of Ask.com, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), introduces Agent X Word(TM), the world's most intelligent crossword solving application. Agent X Word goes undercover to provide more than two million hints and answers for over 30,000 crossword puzzles updated daily. The app, which is compatible for Apple® iPhone(TM) and iTouch, is available for purchase for $2.99 at the iTunes App Store. The app can also be downloaded at http://dictionary.com/apps/agentxword.

Unlike other crossword solver apps which simply present a lengthy list of potential matches, Agent X Word utilizes Dictionary.com's unique natural-language technology to provide users with the most accurate answer quickly. Users of Agent X Word also benefit from the real-time nature of the app. Through Agent X Word, crossword solvers achieve immediate gratification from solving the crossword puzzle in today's newspaper without waiting for the answer tomorrow or calling an expensive answer service.

"Every day, hundreds of thousands of people rely on Dictionary.com for help in solving their favorite crossword. Dictionary.com's proprietary semantic search capabilities uniquely qualify us to provide the best answer quickly," said David Wygant, Senior Director of Products and Programming. "This app meets a real need for our users by helping them build their vocabulary, sharpen their spelling and exercise their reasoning skills."

Agent X Word offers definitions and synonyms for answers, as well as other features such as recent search history and the ability to email answers to yourself or others. If you aren't sure you want the answer revealed, the app can provide up to three hints per clue, while working together with the user to help solve the puzzle.

In addition to Agent X Word, consumers can download Dictionary.com for iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple iTunes store. Recognized by US News & World Report as the #1 iPhone app for college students, and by Apple on their "30 Favorite Apps" list, the Dictionary.com iPhone app has been downloaded more than four million times since its launch in April 2009.

"Whether using Dictionary.com at home, at work or on the go, the service is a trusted resource for helping people communicate smarter and more effectively wherever they may be," added Wygant.

About Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com is the leading provider of language reference products and services on the Internet and is an affiliate of Ask.com, the #1 brand for questions and answers online. Both are wholly-owned subsidiaries of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). Dictionary.com, LLC, which includes Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com and Reference.com, serves an average of 43 million unique worldwide users per month (source: 2009 Quantcast data).

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