We've had a lot of comments from people talking about how they write their crossword answers (different colors of pen, pencil, etc.) We encourage you to download the Across Lite program, which allows you to print out the puzzle in larger print than your newspaper uses as well as letting you solve with on-screen with your keyboard rather than using pen on paper. Much easier to change a letter in a square, too—no write-overs or erasures.
Step 1: Download Across Lite here. Choose the version that best matches your computer. The software is free; you need not be a New York Times subscriber to download Across Lite from its site. (This section edited 11/5 to change the link.)
Step 2: Sign up for an account at Cruciverb.com. This is also free; the paid "gold membership" gets you access to the clue database, but you don't need to pay anything for access to the L.A. Times crossword. Cruciverb's owner, Kevin McCann, doesn't share your information with anyone and you won't get spammed.
Step 3: Log into Cruciverb.com and download the L.A. Times crossword from the "Today's Puzzles" section in the sidebar on the right. (A little lower in the sidebar is the L.A. Times archive with the last month's puzzles, so you can catch up on any puzzles you missed.)
Step 4: Launch Across Lite and open the puzzle file in Across Lite.
Step 5: (A) If you wish to solve on screen, you can customize the display, enlarging the grid. The Tab and Enter/Return keys jump you to the next answer, and you can also use the arrow keys to move around. (B) To solve on paper, select Print and follow the steps to print out. For a Sunday puzzle, you might want to choose the "Print using two pages" option"—when the clues are on the same page as the grid, the print is tiny, but the two-page option uses larger print.