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The Million Word Crossword Dictionary


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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 is co-author with Stanley Newman of The New York Times Crossword Answer Book (1998) and The New York Times Square One Crossword Dictionary (1999), has co-authored a crossword puzzle book for Reader's Digest, and with his wife has edited 26 volumes of the Crosswords Challenge series for Running Press. He creates a daily and Sunday crossword for United Features Syndicate, and his work appears nationally in newspapers, books, and magazines. He lives in upstate New York.


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.

"[An] excellent resource."--Library Journal

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