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crossword puzzle,

word game in which words corresponding to numbered clues are put into a grid of horizontal and vertical squares to form intersecting words. The puzzle is solved when a player supplies all of the words correctly. Though a type of crossword puzzle has been found inscribed on an ancient tomb in Egypt, journalist Arthur Wynne is generally credited with its invention in 1913. Crossword puzzles became popular with Simon and Schuster's 1924 publication of a crossword puzzle book and now appear in virtually all newspapers. Players vie for titles at various crossword competitions. Reference dictionaries are published to aid players with solutions. See acrosticacrostic
, arrangement of words or lines in which a series of initial, final, or other corresponding letters, when taken together, stand in a set order to form a word, a phrase, the alphabet, or the like.
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[Gr.,=something read backward], rearrangement of the letters of a word or words to make another word or other words. A famous Latin anagram was an answer made out of a question asked by Pilate.
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crossword puzzle

a puzzle in which the solver deduces words suggested by numbered clues and writes them into corresponding boxes in a grid to form a vertical and horizontal pattern
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He explains: "I became interested in what crosswords could tell us about the human brain.
I think I may attempt the FT's cryptic crossword next, so readers with any useful tips, kindly do write in to zoya@cpifinancial.
In England during the 19th Century there had been a form of crossword, derived from the word square, a group of words arranged so the letters read alike vertically and horizontally, and printed in children's puzzle books and various periodicals.
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I had an idea to convert some of her English work into a crossword, and Nicole soon began to see doing the crosswords as a fun activity, rather than school work.
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I did the crossword," I said, with a verbal flourish.
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