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  • n. The jargon of crossword puzzle answers, classically consisting of rare, archaic, or dialectal words.


crossword +‎ -ese (Wiktionary)



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  • crosswordeaseplease

    June 1, 2013

  • Boston Globe: 'It's knowledge of crosswordese that separates the hard-core puzzlers from the dilettantes. You may never, ever find an opportunity to bring Enyo (a Greek war goddess) into conversation, and, like those contestants, you may have never seen an etui before, but if it helps you fill in that last blank square of a puzzle, it will be burned into your brain forever.'

    Crosswordese sounds little different from Wordiean.

    March 25, 2009