An anagram solver, also known as an anagrammer is an online tool that rearranges the letters of the words to make words. In Countdown, it's preferable to have tools that find the longest words. Solvers are often used for games played over MSN Messenger to find the best words available in the letters rounds. Anagram solvers and programs can be used for other things that are not directly useful to Countdowners. For example proper nouns, solutions made up of more than one word, other languages and most importantly, contain words that are not allowed in the OED and omits words which are in it.
Soo Reams has come up with Countmax which is specifically designed for Countdown, and uses a dictionary as close to the official Oxford Dictionary a possible, and dispenses with unuseful features such as proper nouns and other languages. This is currently the favoured tool in the online community.
List of anagram solvers
The following anagram solvers use the English Language, but none of them use the Oxford Dictionary of English used on Countdown.
- A2Z wordfinder
- Andy's anagram solver
- LeXpert - this is no longer easily available online. It uses the two official Scrabble dictionaries, SOWPODS and OWL.