from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A puzzle in which an arrangement of numbered squares is to be filled with words running both across and down in answer to correspondingly numbered clues.
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- noun games, puzzles A word
puzzlein which interlocking words are entered usually horizontally and vertically into a gridbased on clues given for each word.
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- noun a puzzle in which words corresponding to numbered clues are to be found and written in to squares in the puzzle
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A good crossword is easy to understand, much harder to create.
We must think of a continuum, rather than a dichotomy; if a crossword is 100% puzzle, Zork is 90% puzzle and 10% game.
The Observer crossword is the best puzzle available in a local paper.
For what it’s worth, Evan Bayh turns up in crossword puzzles a lot, as does his dad Birch.
Sorry, so spending 30 minutes on a crossword is OK but eight minutes on Twitter isn’t?!
She really hated how I’d take the crossword from the morning paper into the john and then drop it in the trash when I finished it.
Was it A, an enormous book of a new fad from Britain called crossword puzzles; B, an exhaustive biography of Pope Leo XII; or C, a catalog of the insects of the American South?
My fave fact is that the hardest position in a crossword is the lower righthand corner.
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Some puzzles are obviously so; no one would call a crossword a "game."
"The crossword was a nice distraction for a few minutes every few hours as we wait for meetings to start, need a break from the computer, etc.," said one reader who asked not to be named.
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