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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Eighth edition edition (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007362579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007362578
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Bradford has been compiling her Crossword Solver's Dictionary since 1957, and regularly publishes new editions. She devotes a considerable time each day to solving crosswords, and notes, on average, 150 words a week. She is an active member of the Crossword Club and also sets crosswords. She lives in London.

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‘I've been doing crosswords for over 60 years – but I still can't do without my companion – Anne Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary’ – Colin Dexter

‘Truly indispensable’ – Derek Harrison, The Crossword Centre

‘This book is rarely out of my sight; need I say more?’ – Aragon, The Times

‘The result of a 50-year compilation… excellent’ – Quixote, Independent

‘… a comprehensive and invaluable tool for all solvers and setters alike’ – Rufus, Guardian

‘An unrivalled and dependable companion for all serious setters and solvers’ – Azed, Observer

‘A treasure store for anyone who loves words … I think it’s amazing’ – Araucaria, Guardian

‘The crossword setter’s Holy Grail, a must-have for all cruciverbalists … [and] … lovers of crosswords’ – Mawby, Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Anne Bradford has been compiling her Crossword Solver’s Dictionary since 1957, and regularly publishes new editions. She devotes a considerable time each day to solving crosswords, and notes, on average, 150 words a week. She is an active member of the Crossword Club and also sets crosswords. She lives in London.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Badger on 17 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
Bought this crossword dictionary plus the Bradford Crossword Solvers Lists for my husband for Christmas. My 70-year old husband is a technophobe but enjoys doing his daily crossword. His dictionary and thesaurus were so well thumbed the covers and some of the pages were falling apart. Every Sunday he attempts a more complex crossword in a well-known newspaper and, inevitably, I found myself on the internet, trying to find answers to some of the clues. NOT ANY MORE! He has found these 2 books invaluable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct 2013
Format: Paperback
Not just a brilliant dictionary for cryptic and conventional crosswords but also an incredibly user-friendly thesaurus: concise and thorough for words both everyday and recondite. I use my Bradford's almost daily and can't recommend it too highly to anyone who works with words or who is just interested in them. Bravo Anne Bradford!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Powley on 27 Sep 2009
Format: Hardcover
The dictionary was purchased for my 89yrs young friend who has bad eyesight, she thought it was good for her as she is a crossword fiend. It is a good size, printed well and good for crossworders. I hope this makes sense and is helpful.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By margaret on 17 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
On the whole very good but it has a lot missing, i.e.naming countries and their capitals (capitals are shown but not to which country they relate) various anniversaries, authors, playwrights etc. various gods and religions, Greek and Roman alphabets and numbers also not shown. Personally although this book is helpful I do not find it anywhere as good as the 30 year old Crossword solver I disposed of thinking this would give as much if not more information.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Boot on 25 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Couldn't imagine doing Crosswords without this book somewhere to hand !! Fantastic and the new layout is GREAT. Buy it if you are a Crossword fanatic like me !!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert Archer VINE VOICE on 31 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although by no means a crossword soling fanatic I do enjoy spending time at the weekend with the papers and testing myself with a selection of cryptic and general knowledge crosswords. Initially I was sceptical about needing the Bradford`s book because I had always relied on a normal dictionary, encyclopedia and a thesaurus. Since reciving the book however I have found myself turning to it in preference to the other reference works.
The crossword solver is both comprehensive and user-friendly. Anne Bradford has a lifetime`s experience of solving crosswords and it shows in the utility of the book she has compiled.
Perhaps I should also admit to simply perusing the book without any crossword in front of me. Sometimes I`ve opened the book at random and run my eye down an entry. (The one for musical entries produced some wonderful new words).
I keep this book close to hand aabout the house and find it invaluable. I can recommend this book without hesitation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lainey64 on 2 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the 8th edition and covers nearly all the possible clues for a general knowledge crossword. As it is a hard back and is used a lot, it doesn't fall apart like the over-used paper-back one of old.
It's well worth it to get the hard-backed copy, though it's a little heavy, it's money well spent. It's very easy to make your own additions as there is plenty of space.
I would thoroughly recommend it if you love words, phrases and general knowledge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John L on 6 Nov 2010
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This was a present for my father. He'd had a previous edition of this book before but was delighted with this new version. He found it right up to date and enjoyed all the new material it contained. Excellent!
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