Million Word Crossword Dictionary

Million Word Crossword Dictionary

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by Stanley Newman, Daniel Stark
     
 

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With more than 1,000,000 answers, The Million Word Crossword Dictionary is by far the largest of its kind - and the first ever to comprehensively cover the clues and answers that actually appear in today's puzzles. From Jim Carrey to Sister Carrie, Homer Simpson to Homer's Iliad, the wide ranging entries include more than 500,000 synonyms,

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With more than 1,000,000 answers, The Million Word Crossword Dictionary is by far the largest of its kind - and the first ever to comprehensively cover the clues and answers that actually appear in today's puzzles. From Jim Carrey to Sister Carrie, Homer Simpson to Homer's Iliad, the wide ranging entries include more than 500,000 synonyms, more than 3,000 literary works, 5,000-plus films, 20,000famous people from all fields, and more than 75,000 fill-in-the-blank clues that are so popular in today's crosswords.

Editorial Reviews

Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics
A boon to solvers of crossword puzzles. You can even find names of pain relievers and rental cars!
Library Journal
If you don't think that using a reference book when doing a crossword puzzle is cheating, then this "crossword" dictionary is for you. If you have doubts, then use this book only if you are stuck or just need a couple of answers to help you complete the puzzle, as New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz suggests in his introduction. Compiled by two crossword puzzle pros, the work is arranged alphabetically, with entries including 500,000-plus synonyms, 3000-plus books, 5000-plus films, 20,000-plus famous people, and over 100,000 "possible answers" or clues listed according to the number of letters in the word. If the clue is part of an expression, the dictionary gives possible words to start, finish, or complete it. You will find Nobel prize winners by category and year, Mel's Diner waitresses, Hall of Famers in baseball and basketball, Kim Basinger's films, 100 ways to say "good," and lots of current TV and pop culture items. The only minor inconsistency this reviewer was able to detect is that under the many possibilities for Ben, Stiller is missing, but he is listed under Stiller, along with his films and parents. Bottom Line Although well constructed, this reference book begs the question of how many patrons actually do crossword puzzles in libraries or visit their libraries to look up words for this reason. If the number at your library is significant, then consider purchasing this excellent resource.-Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics
A boon to solvers of crossword puzzles. You can even find names of pain relievers and rental cars!
from the Introduction by Will Shortz
“The largest, most up-to-date, and most useful crossword dictionary available.”
Rich Norris
“This book is unlike any crossword reference I’ve ever seen. A must for the crossword aficionado.”
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
“Surely the most comprehensive crossword clue-and-answer resource ever compiled...”
Merl Reagle
“Long overdue but well worth the wait, this is the only crossword dictionary you’llever need.”
Fred Piscop
“Newman and Stark. . .know what should (and shouldn’t) be in a 21st-century crossword dictionary. . . .This is the book you want. ”
Wayne Robert Williams
“...this remarkable book is destined to be not just another crossword dictionary, but the crossword dictionary.”
Mike Shenk
“You’ll find 40 entries here under ‘comprehensive.’ I’d say that pretty well sums it up.”
Will Shortz
"The largest, most up-to-date, and most useful crossword dictionary available."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060517571
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1280
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 6.90(h) x 2.10(d)

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The Million Word Crossword Dictionary


By Newman, Stanley

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ISBN: 0060517573

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Aalborg: 4 port
locale: 7 Denmark, Jutland

Aaliyah
last name:
Haughton
song: At Your Best (1994)
Back & Forth (1994)
The One I Gave My Heart to (1997)
Try Again (2000)

Aalto: 5 Alvar Continues...


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What People are saying about this

Wayne Robert Williams
“...this remarkable book is destined to be not just another crossword dictionary, but the crossword dictionary.”
Rich Norris
“This book is unlike any crossword reference I’ve ever seen. A must for the crossword aficionado.”
Mike Shenk
“You’ll find 40 entries here under ‘comprehensive.’ I’d say that pretty well sums it up.”
Fred Piscop
“Newman and Stark. . .know what should (and shouldn’t) be in a 21st-century crossword dictionary. . . .This is the book you want. ”
Merl Reagle
“Long overdue but well worth the wait, this is the only crossword dictionary you’llever need.”
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
“Surely the most comprehensive crossword clue-and-answer resource ever compiled...”

Meet the Author

Acclaimed puzzle creator, editor, and publisher Stanley Newman is crossword editor for Newsday, with puzzles syndicated worldwide. He holds the world record for the fastest completion of a New York Times crossword.

Daniel Stark creates the daily crosswords for United Feature Syndicate. His puzzles also appear in many national publications.

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The Million Word Crossword Dictionary 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 89 reviews.
GrammyCH More than 1 year ago
Thank you for this book. It was a gift for my mom. The paper was of lighter weight but relatively thick pages. My 80 year old mom can at least lift it because of this. The references were easy to figure out for me who has never used this type of book before. Mom likes it....which is REALLY saying something!!!! Trust me... She would have said she didn't like it if she didn't.
adps1949 More than 1 year ago
This is what I have found to be the best crossword puzzle dictionary. It costs a bit more, but you must be careful. It may give you too many answers if you prefer "working" your puzzles. Tony Schneider
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very comprehensive, if a little difficult to read. They've packed alot of puzzle clues into this book. So far, I've encountered only a few clues for which I could not find answers, but that just increases the challenge, right? After buying other puzzle dictionaries over the years, I must say this is the best one I have found. Have a good reading lamp nearby because the print is small with four columns per page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not user friendly for Nook...very,very slow. I'll stick with my paperback crossword puzzle dictionary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very tedious to use. Like waiting for paint to dry. Slow! Slow! Slow!
WaldoWN More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that some clues were not answered, given how many words were in this huge volume. In several cases I did not find an answer here but did findit in the ABC crossword dictionary. I did like the way the answers were organized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the best one that I've found. too bad it has a paperback cover. mine is ragged even though I haven't had it that long
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books is great! Its full of information! The only problem is, it's not very portable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband makes a copy of the Houston Chronicle crossword puzzle every day and we do the puzzle together. At seventy one we need all the help we can get and if we don't know the answer Million Word does!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the very best crossoword dictinary I have ever purchased. Have no difficulty finding answers to the hardest clues. A BIG thank you to the authors.
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Trying to find words is so frustrating because there is no search function. You spend all of your time trying to estimate where the word might be found.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have purchased the first edition of this reference twice. When the second one was worn out, we couldn't find a copy in stores. I then went to B&N online and learned it had been updated. Useful changes were made from the first edition, and it remains our go-to resource for working cross-word puzzles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Search does not work
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tricemo More than 1 year ago
Easy to use and covers the words well. I recommend this book. I purchased one before I found this and it was the worst ever so I really appreciate finding this book.
krysascwt More than 1 year ago
This book is the best crossword dictionary I have every purchased. I only wish it had not had a Paperback cover for this is quite a large and heavy volume. My volume has split  into two pieces.  I paid in   $30 - $33 range when I purchased it. In fact even with the cost of the Hardcover edition I wonder if that would stand up any better with continued usage. This book  is almost the sole one I use  looking for answers. Most  of what I had  before were very old editions (circa 1995,etc).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book, not an app. Do not buy unless you want to flip thru over 6,000 pages looking up a word. The built in search feature does not work properly. This is a waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...so ill say meh. I like it but just a little
shannonleo More than 1 year ago
Received as a gift. Best dictionary, by far. If your serious about crosswords, a must for your library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago