If I get stuck on a crossword clue I will eventually resort to
/usr/share/dict/* or one of the many online tools that do the same thing.
They all have a couple of things in common: they aren’t optimised for small
touchscreen devices (I’m nearly always using my phone when I need one of these
tools), and they use American English spelling variants.
So, for fun I made the crossword clue tool I want: one which uses British English and has a simple interface with large text.
The code is on github, and it’s deployed publicly on clue.hjst.org.
It’s at the point now where it’s useful enough for my purposes; I may add to it
in the future if time/inclination permits. It’s deployed to the free usage tier
on Heroku, where my quick testing with
ab suggests it can handle around 3
pattern searches per second before it starts to bog down.
If you have any suggestions for alternate word lists to use as sources, or general feedback on the HTML/JS UI I put together, then please drop me a line.