New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary

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With more than 50,000 new words added-now over 225,000 entries-the world's most extensive, up-to-the-minute and easy-to-use crossword puzzle dictionary is bigger and better than ever!

Arranged alphabetically from start to finish, The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary is a boon for puzzle fans young and old-with thousands of updated references from the worlds of art, literature, sports, politics, and pop culture; geographical and technical terms; famous and not-so-famous...

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Overview

With more than 50,000 new words added-now over 225,000 entries-the world's most extensive, up-to-the-minute and easy-to-use crossword puzzle dictionary is bigger and better than ever!

Arranged alphabetically from start to finish, The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary is a boon for puzzle fans young and old-with thousands of updated references from the worlds of art, literature, sports, politics, and pop culture; geographical and technical terms; famous and not-so-famous figures from the past and present; biblical references; computer terminology; new and old words; variant spellings; idioms, slogans, slang, abbreviations ... and much more!

Arranged alphabetically, this renowned crossword dictionary features almost twice as many entries as its competitors. Including more thatn 50,000 new owrds and updated variants of thousands of other entries, this comprehensive and accessible reference is bound to win the approval even the most accomplished wordsmiths. (Games/Gamebooks/Crossword)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380724253
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 1376
  • Sales rank: 38,619
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 4.24 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Crossword puzzle aficionados will recognize the name Edy Garcia Schaffer as the co-author of the world's best-selling crossword dictionary, The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary.

Mrs. Schaffer's decision to produce a new edition under her sole authorship was inspired by the remarkable performance of A-Z, thanks to the splendid response from the literary society of crossword puzzle enthusiasts. The author dedicated years of painstaking, extensive compilation and research work to bring this edition to fruition. Mrs. Schaffer takes great pride in her accomplishment and she assures that the same proven quality of excellence demonstrated in the original A-Z dictionary has been sustained throughout her ensuing version, which crossword puzzle buffs will find to be a substantially improved and expanded compilation of useful and expedient clues and solutions. She is ever grateful to her patrons and it is her hope that all crossword puzzle devotees will come to depend on this valuable aid and reliable reference, and will want to own a copy of her new dictionary.

Mrs. Schaffer hails from the Philippines originally and has three sisters and two brothers. Due to the early loss of both parents, Edy's ambition to be a criminal lawyer remained unfulfilled. After high school, she supported herself during a two-year secretarial course, which she successfully completed in half the time. Her formal education was later broadened, thanks to an employer's sponsorship of her studies at the American Institute of Banking in San Francisco, California. She then held positions ranging from senior stenographer, secretary, liaison officer, executive administrator to general manager of various trade firms and banking institutions in the Philippines, Guam, and California.

Mrs. Schaffer migrated to the United States in 1969, following her marriage to Art Schaffer, her husband of twenty-six years. She is enjoying a blissful life in her adopted country with her loving husband and their children: Karl, Bobby, Lynn, Ruby, and Venus; and their eleven lovely grandchildren: Tanya, Liza, Jacquelyn, Eddie, Joel, Ricky, Eric, Robert, Jennifer, Jade Benae, and Jon Benjamin.

Edy is now devoting her time to the pleasures of grannyhood and traveling with her husband all over scenic America.

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aardvark: ANTBEAR, ANTEATER

brass: ALLOY, METAL

curtail: CUT, CLIP, LESSEN, REDUCE, DEPRIVE, SHORTEN

distinctly: CLEARLY, VISIBLY

The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary. Copyright © by Edy Schaffer. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    This Is Great for the Price

    I find this to be a great crossword puzzle dictionary. The only better reference is "The Million Word Crosswor Dictionary" which is a phone book and extremely comprehensive. If you don't want too much, this is the book.

    Tony Schneider

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary

    This Dictionary is fantastic for helping solve crossword puzzles and to help people in situations who may need to use various spelling words in their every day vocabulary and paperwork.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    The Best Paperback Crossword Dictionary

    I've had other crossword dictionaries, but this is by far the best one to use. This is my second copy as the first one fell apart from so much use. (After 7 years).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    An Outstanding Resource for Crossword Puzzle Devotees

    This Crossword Dictionary is the best I have used. I highly recommend it. Tom

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

    Crossword puzzle substitute words for new and intermediate users

    Very easy to use and interpret for the novice and moderately advanced crossword puzzle solvers. New words added since the last edition.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Very Useful

    Easy to use and well organized. Often has the answer to the crossword clue. It is a paperback - the first copy we had fell apart from frequent use. It was worth it to buy another copy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Every crossword noodler needs one

    I have been doing crossword puzzles for years and this book has helped me keep my hair and lets me shine when all is said and done. The only problem I have is that because of the constant use of this book, I need to buy a new one every year or so because it comes apart at the binding. However, considering its daily use, I am glad to buy it when it comes apart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    comprehensive and recommended for crossword puzzlers

    This is by far the very best book for people who do crossword puzzles. I have worn out three of them in the past year and a half. I could not comlete a puzzle without this book! I have bought several crossword books trying to find a good one, but I always go back to the A-Z Crossword Dictionary. There is none better and I wasted my money on the others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    The best crossword dictionary for many years.

    I found a new hardback in the 1970s. I have bought many of this particular dictionary over the years. I know that the paperbacks do fall apart after awhile but feel that it might be time to do the dictionary in two parts. This would make it better to use and less likely to loose the pages. This is the 'Bible' for the crossword buff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2006

    Great book but pages fall out

    I use my A-ZCrossword Dictionary every day. It is a great reference book but the pages fall out. I have had three and no matter how careful I am with the book I have had the same problem with all of them.It would be nice if this problem could be eliminated.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Great reference book falls apart

    I use this A-Z dictionary every day along with the Million Word dictionary. I have owned three of the A-Z books ( 2 of this edition and one of the previous ed). The binder has broken on every one of them. The book is so good I buy it again. what a pain!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    Great!!!

    Very good, completely user friendly!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    Great book

    This crossword dictionary is excellent... The only drawback I found was that it only comes in paperback. It is cumbersome. I would love this book in a hardback, if it wasn't too expensive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Recommend for a crossword lover

    Great Condition.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    I think its as good as any other crossword dictionary.

    couldn't possibly work the puzzles in the newspaper without a dictionary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary - HARDBACK

    The print is smaller than in the paperback version! Also, print is very light making it even harder to read. Need a large print version

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A to Z Crossword dictionary

    This is the best dictionary that I have found to help in working difficult crossword puzzles. It has an amazing amount of answers and places them in such a way that they are easy to locate. I am an avid puzzle worker and so this book has become my bible for that task. I may not know all of the answers but this little book allows me the ability and the availablity to find most of the answers that I need to complete the puzzle without using online services.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Terrific Book

    I had purchased this book for my mother, loved it so much I had to get one for myself. It's a great resource to use when in doubt on crossword puzzles.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Great Word Research Book

    I had an original A-Z Crossword Dictionary that eventually fell into three pieces, but it was filled with such wonderful information, I didn't want to throw it out. It's nice to have an updated copy. My husband and I are avid crossword puzzlers, so I would recommend this reference book as a "must have" if you like crosswords, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    Help yourself with the new A-Z Crossword dictionary

    Both my husband and I love doing the daily crossword puzzles, but there are some challenges where we need the extra help. The A-Z Crossword Dictionary is thorough, easy to use especially with foreign words. We have found some areas where the computer is still better.

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