New American Crossword Puzzle Dictionary


This new updated third edition is a rich storehouse of indispensable information that puts the correct answer right at a puzzler's fingertips.

  • Twice as many entries
  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date definitions available
  • Revised for the way clues are written today
  • More readable and user friendly than other mammoth tomes with tiny print
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This new updated third edition is a rich storehouse of indispensable information that puts the correct answer right at a puzzler's fingertips.

  • Twice as many entries
  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date definitions available
  • Revised for the way clues are written today
  • More readable and user friendly than other mammoth tomes with tiny print
  • Unique categories section makes looking up clues even easier, including The Bible, Chemical Elements, Foreign Words, Geography, Mythology, Academy Awards, Sports, and Prefixes and Suffixes


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451212559
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/6/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 89,497
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Morehead is Head of Music Staff for Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is the son of the late Albert H. Morehead, lexicographer and games expert, the original co-editor of this book, who was Bridge Editor of the New York Times for over 25 years and the editor of many books on games. He is editor of The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary and The New American Rogets College Thesaurus and is author of The New American International Dictionary of Music. He lives in Chicago with his wife Patricia, oboist and composer.

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Table of Contents

Preface: How to Use This Dictionary v
Section I Definitions and Answers 1
Section II Categories 478
Abbreviations and Acronyms 478
Airport and Airline Codes 493
Anatomy--Parts of the Body 500
Arms and Armor
Arms 502
Armor 504
Academy Awards 505
Miss America 507
Nobel Prize 508
Pulitzer Prize 510
Grammy Awards 512
Tony Awards 512
The Bible
Books of the Old Testament 515
The Apocrypha 515
Biblical Names 516
Biblical Rulers 516
Priests 516
Patriachs 516
Prophets 517
Queens, Queen Mothers 517
Judges 517
Women Church Workers 517
Apostles and Disciples 517
Biblical Places 518
Biblical Sites, Mountains, Lands 518
Tribes of Israel 518
Tribes 519
Books of the New Testament 519
Family Relations 519
Chemical Elements 521
Collective Nouns 523
Colleges, Nicknames and Teams 524
Colors 531
Diseases and Aches 533
Famous Movies 534
Famous TV Shows 535
Fabrics and Fibers 535
Man-Made Fabrics and Fibers 537
Rugs and Carpets 537
Famous Names
Architects 537
Astronomers 538
Biologists, Naturalists 538
Chemists 538
Cartoonists 538
Choreographers 539
Comedians 539
Composers 539
Dancers 540
Directors 540
Discoverers 540
Entrepreneurs 541
Explorers 541
Historians 541
Inventors 541
Journalists 542
Mathematicians 542
Military Leaders 542
Opera Singers 543
Painters 543
Philosophers 544
Physicians and Medical Researchers 545
Physicists 545
Religious Leaders 545
Sculptors 545
Statesmen 546
Famous Trios 546
First and Last Names 546
Middle Names 555
Unused First or Last Names 556
Pen Names and Pseudonyms 557
Original Names of Celebrities 557
Food and Drink
Menu and Cooking Terms 561
Menu Items and Dishes 562
Sauces 563
Herbs, Spices, Flavorings 563
Wines 563
Cordials and Spirits 564
Cocktails and Mixed Drinks 564
Foreign Words
Alphabetical by Foreign Word 565
Alphabetical by Definition 573
Articles, Pronouns, Possessives, and Numerals in Five Languages 582
Games 586
Countries and Capitals 586
Other Countries of Europe, Ancient and Modern 589
Departments, Colonies, Possessions 591
Cities--United States and Territories 593
Foreign Cities 598
Islands 603
Rivers of the United States 606
Foreign Rivers 607
Mountains, Ranges, Passes 611
Volcanoes 611
Lakes, Seas 612
Waterfalls 612
Deserts 613
Bridges 613
Dams 613
Canada at a Glance 614
U.S. at a Glance 615
Bearings 619
Creatures 619
Objects 620
Tinctures 620
Lines of Partition 620
Furs 620
Cadency Line of Succession 620
Other Terms 620
Language Families and Groups 621
American Indian Language Families 621
Languages 621
Alphabets 623
Authors 624
Poets 625
Dramatists 625
Short-story Writers, Essayists 626
Famous Books 626
Fictional Characters 626
Unusual First Names in Literature 630
Names in Nursery Rhymes 630
Animals in Literature 630
Measures and Weights
Linear Measures 631
Surface Measures 633
Liquid Measures 633
Dry Measures 635
Weights 636
Money and Coins
Ancient and Modern 638
Slang Terms 640
Denominations and Portraits 640
Musical Terms 640
Notes of the Scale 641
Musical Directions 641
Musical Instruments 642
Musicians and Musical Parts 643
Musical Forms and Dances 643
Operas, Operettas, Musicals 644
Gods and Goddesses Listed by Culture 645
Gods and Goddesses Listed by Specialties 651
Family Relations 653
Terms and Names 656
Monsters 659
Round Table Knights and Relations 659
Natural History
Mammals 660
Crustaceans 667
Arachnids 668
Fish 668
Reptiles 671
Amphibians 672
Birds 673
Insects 676
Low (Marine) Life, Worms and Larvae 679
Mollusks 680
Plants 681
Minerals and Stones 689
Prefixes and Suffixes (Combining Forms)
Prefixes 691
Suffixes 694
Presidential Information 696
Sounds and Cries 701
Exclamations and Oaths 702
Sports 702
Auto Racing 703
Baseball 704
Basketball 707
Boxing 708
Football 708
Golf 710
Hockey 710
Horse Racing 711
Olympics 713
Skating 713
Soccer 714
Tennis 714
Time Divisions--Calendars 717
Seasons, Days, and Other Terms 718
Birthstones 718
Wedding Anniversaries 718
Tools, Instruments, Implements (and Parts)
Shaping, Polishing, Separating 719
Lifting, Levering, Prying 719
Gripping, Holding, Connecting 720
Cutting, Striking, Pounding 721
Moving, Revolving, Flexible 722
Piercing, Boring 723
Printing Tools and Terms 724
Surgical Tools and Terms 724
Others 725
Vehicles 726
Ships 728
Tribes, People, Natives
North of Mexico 730
Mexico-Central America 732
South America 732
Europe 733
Africa 735
Asia, Austronesia 737
The Universe
Planets and Satellites 740
Stars 740
Asteroids 740
Comets and Meteors 741
Constellations 741
Zodiacal Constellations 741
Man's Probes into Outer Space 742
Wearing Apparel 743
Wedding Anniversaries
Section III Solving "Cryptic" Crossword Puzzles 748
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