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Collins Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary
Collins Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary
by Anne R. Bradford
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 4 Feb 2004
It's kind of ironic that one of the cheapest crossword solver's aids around - compared to, say, The Collins Thesaurus and Chambers Crossword Dictionary - is also the best! If you have no other book in your collection, make sure you have this (in addition to the wonderful Chambers Dictionary, of course!)
This book would be of benefit to any crossword fan but is invaluable even for the most ardent cruciverbalist: how many other volumes would inform you that Jettatura means the "evil-eye"? The lists of synonyms include obtuse and obsolete words and the word-lists are invaluable and far-reaching.
If you're keen to advance your crosswording skills and tackle the more challenging broad-sheet puzzles, such as the Listener and Enigmatic Variations, then this is the book for you. A must have!

The Chambers Crossword Dictionary
The Chambers Crossword Dictionary
by Catherine Schwarz
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slight misconception, 4 Feb 2004
I was fortunate in that I was able to obtain this book very cheaply when joining a club. Having examined it, I think I would be reluctant to pay full whack. As with The Collins Thesaurus, it does have a large number of word-lists, which come in very handy for any cruciverbalist. However, as a hardened puzzler I was disappointed to discover that the vast number of weird and wonderful words that appear in the outstanding Chambers Dictionary were rather on the thin side in this volume. Being a Chambers crossword dictionary, I felt it would be natural to assume that fantastical and sometimes archaic words would show up in this volume, but, by and large, they don't.
This is still a very good volume and I continue to use it for the word-lists if nothing else, but Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary still remains the cream for all hardened crossword-addicts.

Collins Thesaurus A-Z (Collins Complete and Unabridged)
Collins Thesaurus A-Z (Collins Complete and Unabridged)
by ""
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware Hardened Cruicverbalists!, 4 Feb 2004
I cannot help but agree with D Harrison above. This book is a very sizeable volume with over 550 word lists on top of the usual thesaurus A to Z. I would, however, offer one word of caution to the hardened cruciverbalist: although the word lists are vast and would come in useful for all manner of crosswords, the lists of synonyms are, by and large, a little weak for the truly teasing puzzles such as Listner and EV; in this department it is not a patch on Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary. For the more run-of-the-mill daily puzzles, I'm sure it would prove extremely useful and the excerpts on usage and common malapropisms are informative. Nevertheless, it is still a very broad thesaurus that would prove invalualbe to writers.

The Chambers Dictionary
The Chambers Dictionary

78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all you'll ever need, 23 Oct 2003
The ultimate single volumed dictionary. This is the only dictionary you'll ever need: invaluable for all crossword and scrabble lovers. Don't be misled into buying the Chambers 21st Century Dictionary, it's not as good as this one! Every home should have one very good dictionary and if you want one to serve you well for life then get this!

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