The Dell Crossword Dictionary

The Dell Crossword Dictionary

by Wayne Robert Williams, Kathleen Rafferty


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No longer a test of classical knowledge, the modern crossword is a challenging labyrinth of clever clues, timely puns, and computer-age acronyms that baffle even puzzle afficionados. Completely revised and expanded, The Dell Crossword Dictionary ends the search for precisely the right word by providing a ready reference as up-to-date as this morning's puzzle.

Including a thoroughly cross-referenced "Word Finder," the most extensive "Name-Finder" in any dictionary, and countless special trivia sections, this comprehensive, easy to use reference tools is a must-have for any puzzle fan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385315159
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/1995
Series: 21st Century Reference Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 292,300
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.05(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Wayne Robert Williams is the creator of the prestigious Dell Champion line of puzzle magazines. A familiar and well-respected figure in the puzzle world, he has created and edited a wide variety of puzzles, puzzle books and puzzle magazines. He's been the Chicago Tribune crossword editor since 1997.

Table of Contents

Clues and Definitions Introduction8
Clues and Definitions9
Name Finder Introduction136
Name Finder137
Kentucky Derby Winners188
Native American People189
United States Presidents190
Gods & Goddesses198
Academy Award Winners199
Colleges & Universities200
Sports Teams206
Constellations & Stars207
Olympic Games Sites208
United States Information209
Nations Information213
Groups of Animals232
Music Terminology233
Abbreviations & Acronyms235
Weights & Measures246
Word Finder Introduction247
3-Letter Word Finder248
4-Letter Word Finder310

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The Dell Crossword Dictionary 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Kess More than 1 year ago
A have purchased this book many, many times. I wear them out. The last one I had was worn to a nub- with most of the a's gone and the pages loose and dog-eared. The special sections are lifesavers - I have become fairly expert on the gods and goddesses of ancient civilizations and never knew there was a bird called an argala or there were 12 distinct types of mice. The only drawback is that as I get older it is harder to read the small print. Perhaps if one were printed the size of a soft-covered book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second copy. The printing version was unchanged. This book is very valuable for people who don't follow modern stars of stage and screen. It also has sections devoted to Gods and Goddesses, colleges and universities, states and countries, etc. It could be updated by adding more recent information in many of the categories.
adps1949 More than 1 year ago
I remember the "Dell Crossword Dictionary" from when I was in college. It was bigger and better. It is now small, but has value for it's size. It's contents are well organized, but I wish it was again bigger and better. Tony Schneider