Acclaimed puzzle creator, editor, and publisher Stanley Newman is crossword editor for Newsday, with puzzles syndicated worldwide. He holds the world record for the fastest completion of a New York Times crossword. Daniel Stark creates the daily crosswords for United Feature Syndicate. His puzzles also appear in many national publications.
If you don't think that using a reference book when doing a crossword puzzle is cheating, then this "crossword" dictionary is for you. If you have doubts, then use this book only if you are stuck or just need a couple of answers to help you complete the puzzle, as New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz suggests in his introduction. Compiled by two crossword puzzle pros, the work is arranged alphabetically, with entries including 500,000-plus synonyms, 3000-plus books, 5000-plus films, 20,000-plus famous people, and over 100,000 "possible answers" or clues listed according to the number of letters in the word. If the clue is part of an expression, the dictionary gives possible words to start, finish, or complete it. You will find Nobel prize winners by category and year, Mel's Diner waitresses, Hall of Famers in baseball and basketball, Kim Basinger's films, 100 ways to say "good," and lots of current TV and pop culture items. The only minor inconsistency this reviewer was able to detect is that under the many possibilities for Ben, Stiller is missing, but he is listed under Stiller, along with his films and parents. Bottom Line Although well constructed, this reference book begs the question of how many patrons actually do crossword puzzles in libraries or visit their libraries to look up words for this reason. If the number at your library is significant, then consider purchasing this excellent resource.-Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
A boon to solvers of crossword puzzles. You can even find names of
pain relievers and rental cars!--Word Ways: The Journal of
"This book is unlike any crossword reference I've ever seen. A must for the crossword aficionado."--Rich Norris, Los Angeles Times crossword editor
"You'll find 40 entries here under 'comprehensive.' I'd say that pretty well sums it up."--Mike Shenk, Wall Street Journal crossword editor
"Surely the most comprehensive crossword clue-and-answer resource ever compiled..."--Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon, Boston Globe and Atlantic Monthly crossword creators
"[An] excellent resource."--Library Journal
"The largest, most up-to-date, and most useful crossword dictionary available."--from the Introduction by Will Shortz, New York Times Crossword Editor
"Newman and Stark. . .know what should (and shouldn't) be in a 21st-century crossword dictionary. . . .This is the book you want. "--Fred Piscop, Washington Post Magazine crossword editor
"Long overdue but well worth the wait, this is the only crossword dictionary you'll ever need."--Merl Reagle, San Francisco Chronicle crossword creator
"...this remarkable book is destined to be not just another crossword dictionary, but the crossword dictionary."--Wayne Robert Williams, Chicago Tribune crossword editor