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The Chambers Crossword Dictionary [Hardcover]

Chambers (Ed.)
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Book Description

24 Aug 2012
The best-selling "Chambers Crossword Dictionary" is the essential reference for crossword lovers everywhere. This major new edition has been substantially revised and updated by crossword experts to be even more useful. Massively expanded, it includes well over 350,000 words and phrases, arranged in over 19,600 unique "one stop" entries. All words are grouped by meaning at an appropriate headword, then by length, then alphabetically, to make finding the solution quick and easy. The new edition now includes anagram, reverse, and other indicators, as well as crossword jargon, key abbreviations, and other cryptic material and has been specially tailored to be even more useful to cryptic crossword fans.

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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 3rd Revised edition edition (24 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550106200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550106209
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.7 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Chambers Crossword Dictionary certainly is a fine book . . . and a safe Christmas present for any crossword fan." (Amazon reviewer)

"Extensive, easy to use and extremely useful, this crossword dictionary is sure to be in great demand" (The Scotsman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Over 500,000 completely up-to-date solutions for cryptic and quick crosswords --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference book 8 Jan 2012
By Jaws
Format:Hardcover
The only copy I have seen of this book before purchasing was sealed so I had no idea of the contents. I was pleasantly surprised as the book is very useful and easy to navigate. It was also half the price which makes it excellent value!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Are Stuck, This Is The Answer 20 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This wonderful dictionary is so good that it really feels like cheating. If you think you know the defining word in a clue, look it up in this dictionary. It sorts the possible synonyms into word length and then alphabetically. It beats Roget hands down and is much quicker to use.

For example, if the answer is a girl's name, look up "girl" and it will give over a page of names from "Di" (2 letters) to "Wilhelmina" (10 letters). Did you know that there was a dance called a "boogaloo"? I didn't; but its in the book.

We use this book when stuck on the Guardian Cryptic crossword. This is the quick and easy way to finish off your crossword.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CROSSWORD DICTIONARY 17 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This Kindle Fire edition of The Chambers Crossword Dictionary,I found, is initially difficult to navigate and practice is required to be able to use the book with the same ease as the paper edition. This crossword dictionary, I feel, is the best on the market, it is easy to use, very comprehensive, clear and precise. A must for any crossword addict.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book for Cryptic Crossword Solvers 22 Nov 2012
By Elgifu
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoy crosswords and in latter years have been attempting cryptic crosswords and have found the book invaluable and extremely easy to use. I may not be able to solve all the clues yet but with the help of the Dictionary I can solve up to 55% of the clues. It also explains how cryptic crosswords are compiled and once you grasp what the compiler is thinking it becomes easier to solve the clues
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1.0 out of 5 stars no good, sorry 25 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the kindle version but it took 7 minutes to find "Composers" because there is no search function. I have returned the item for a refund. This is a shame because it is an excellent book. My paper version is very tatty through overuse. Take note Chambers and add the facility to search.
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By Hol
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Content is good, but the search routine where you look for a certain word throws up EVERY occurrence of the word. This leaves you searching sometimes as many as 70 pages, to find the thesaurus page, giving crossword options for your required word. Am I missing something?
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3.0 out of 5 stars meaty with some gristle 24 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is a great deal of depth to the dictionary, but it is not so easy to find what you are looking for. Imagination is needed. I will get there, I am determined. I hope to grow to love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crossword solver 30 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is good but the chambers dictionary and thesaurus are more comprehensive for crossword addicts.advantage is it is a smaller book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossword dictionary
More complex than average dictionary. Very informative. Like groupings of subjects being together. Clear printing. It will increase my word power.
Published 9 months ago by james hart
5.0 out of 5 stars great for people who love crosswords
I had the old paperback edition but it was falling to pieces after so much use so I was so glad to find the new hardback edition.
Published 10 months ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Delighted with this product. i do a lot of crosswords and find it very useful.
I would recommend it happily.
Published 10 months ago by Sam
3.0 out of 5 stars no alphabetical access
I have the printed version of this book and it is without doubt a 5 star aid to crossword solving. The digital version however does not allow easy alphabetical access to the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Y. Hall-Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars New edition
I have had the previous edition of this book for about 8 years and use it almost every day. I wanted a newer version and this one fits the bill. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Fifty shades
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossword Dictionary.
Always a necessity when attempting to do even he Quick Crosswords! It is generally useful to have the latest edition.
Published 12 months ago by Pierre Lebec
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but ruined by useless indexing
Very good physical product but very difficult to use on Kindle due to inability to index on headwords. A great pity!
Published 13 months ago by Gerry Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars chambers crossword dictionary
downloaded the digital version to windows 8 tablet- but there is no functionality to do a search, so I am faced with turning page by page. Simply useless
Published 15 months ago by anna
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