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Dad uses his iPad almost every day, usually to read at least one newspaper and also to look up information. He likes Wikipedia because it gives him background on a subject, and Dad has read the entries on several religion and philosophy topics — areas he knows a lot about — and finds them accurate. He wants to do e-mail more often but is so busy… These days he needs less and less help from me.
A devoted crossword puzzler, Dad often completes one a day. Occasionally, though, he gets irritated when he has completed most of a puzzle but has trouble with a couple of words. So during our time together we concentrated on Dictionary.com. While this application came installed on my iPhone, it was not on his iPad. We clicked on the App Store icon, downloaded the application to his iPad, and began exploring. The program opens on the dictionary page, but there are links to the thesaurus and the crossword puzzle solver.
The simplest way Dad can use the thesaurus (technically this is at thesaurus.com) is by enter a word and getting a list of synonyms. Sometimes that’s all he needs to figure out the right word. The crossword puzzle solvermakes it even easier to search for a word because a user enters the clue as well as the required number of letters, but Dad thought this made finding answers too easy. Other links on the crossword page lead to various newspaper crossword puzzles — some available for free and others for a subscription.