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Random House Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary
Standard Print
Edited by Nancy Schuster
Random House, NY (1999)
ISBN: 0-679-45856-5

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - Posted July 12, 2012

The third edition of Random House Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary is a solid crossword puzzle dictionary that offers that extra little bit of help that crossword puzzlers, on rare occasions, need to help solve particularly nasty puzzles! This new edition features over 70,000 clue and answer words, including new words, brand names, and terms associated with popular culture. Overall, there are over 5,000 new entries over what was in the 2nd edition of this book.

Throughout, clue words are presented, alphabetically and in bold typeface with answer words given in order of the number of letters in each answer (smallest answers to largest), as well in subcategories. Entries that cover countries or geographical regions provide a wealth of information ranging from a countries capital or largest city to its highest point. For each entry, the number of letters in each word is listed in bold typeface, as are subcategory heading. An example of a typical entry is as follows:

O'Keefe, Georgia
Overall, this is an outstanding crossword puzzle dictionary that will benefit both beginning and advanced crossword puzzle enthusiasts. The entries are well organized and in-depth covering a wealth of clues often overlooked in other crossword dictionaries that I've seen. As well, this dictionary has the largest typeface of any crossword dictionary that I've come across. Unfortunately, even this 'large' typeface in quiet small, being similar to the size of typeface that you'd find in most newspapers. To the best of my knowledge, a large print crossword dictionary does not exist. This dictionary is available in hardback only, and it runs 854 pages. The text is printed on matte finished paper that reduces glare, and the entries are aligned with three columns on each page with sufficient white space in-between the columns to make it easy to skim down each column.

To help you use this dictionary, a handy little "How to Use This Book" overview is included that explains how the dictionary is organized, and how to use it to search for answers to crossword puzzle clues. In addition to being a boon to crossword puzzle afficionados, this book is also simply fun to read (at least for those of us that are word nerds). It should also prove of interest to trivia buffs as it is filled will all manner of arcane information such as John Wayne's real name ( Marion Michael Morrison) to who wrote Our Town (Thornton Wilder).

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