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New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary
     

New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary

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by Edy G. Schaffer
 

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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

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380724253
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
1376
Sales rank:
40,403
Product dimensions:
6.98(w) x 4.24(h) x 1.86(d)

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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.

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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New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
beeman More than 1 year ago
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.
adps1949 More than 1 year ago
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
rackbar More than 1 year ago
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).
TomJacksonTJ More than 1 year ago
This Crossword Dictionary is the best I have used. I highly recommend it. Tom
katnapper More than 1 year ago
Very easy to use and interpret for the novice and moderately advanced crossword puzzle solvers. New words added since the last edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lynn2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good, completely user friendly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Condition.
nanajudyJW More than 1 year ago
couldn't possibly work the puzzles in the newspaper without a dictionary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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SG92 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JaneBF More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Marilyn1946 More than 1 year ago
I have worn out at least six copies of this book and it is by far my most favorite puzzlers reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago