This authoritative reference has been America's favorite for fifty years. Now with this revised fifth edition, it is also the most up-to-date. For instant look-up when you're stumped, or for a quick-check when you're finished, you can't find a more comprehensive dictionary than this, with it's over 340,000 answer words.Swanfeldt's famous Instant Finder System groups answer words by the number of letters in the word, and each group is set off with a bold number it's the fastest system there isIncludes slang, proper nouns, and any other words used in crossword puzzlesPrefixes, suffixes, and combining forms are compiled into three convenient lists
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Since its first appearance in 1940, the Crossword Puzzle Dictionary, compiled by the late Andrew Swanfeldt, has acquired a widespread and loyal following among crossword puzzle fans. Each successive edition improved and expanded the original. The third edition introduced the Instant Finder System, in which answer words are listed according to the number of letters. In this fifth edition, the editors have responded to many reader requests by providing separate lists for prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms, lists that can be found at the back of the book. To this fifth edition thousands of new words, both clue words and answer words, have been added and the book has been completely reset in larger type for easier reading. This fifth edition more than adequately reflects today's crossword puzzle clues and answers.
We are greatly indebted to Mr. John Willig, who began and completed a substantial amount of the revisions for this fifth edition. Mr. Willig died during his work on the book, and will be remembered with great fondness and deep gratitude. Ms. Ruth Adler took over the task of revising the book with admirable drive and attention to detail. She has our sincere thanks for a superb job.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Swanfeldt's book needs to be re-issued; it's been 10 years since first published. The book is difficult to hold, hard to "bend" for ease of reading. I found the word definitions limiting. It suffers from the usual "big fat book" syndrome. However, the book includes words that weren't in my older book, so I appreciated that.
Our Redding Barnes and Noble store perhaps didn't have a large assortment of such dictionaries; I chose this one as the best at that time. My previous book was the New York Times Crossword Dictionary, but I thought that copy was sadly out-of-date, which is why I went shopping for a new one.
I was disappointed in the "presentation" of this book. Maybe my problem is that I suffer from "Old Eyes", but we older readers are the ones who are most faithful to crosswords, so perhaps (despite concern over size) that needs to be a consideration.
The major problem: it's shape/size/print size. (I appreciate the difficulty in compiling such a book, so am sorry to write this review.)