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Collins Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary by [Bradford, Anne R.]
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Collins Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 224 customer reviews

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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.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6836 KB
  • Print Length: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Ninth edition edition (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061RRKSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 224 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We are now on our 2nd copy of Anne Bradford's 'Crossword Solver's Dictionary' the 2005 edition, which has has so much use in the past 6 years that it is in a sorry condition indeed, being entirely held together by a combination of elephant tape, sellotape,and super-glue, but have to reluctantly concede that its decline is terminal, and as we are are both avid crossword fans (yes retired you will have guessed correctly)we cannot conceive being without our 'Bradford's'. As soon as this review is finished an order will be placed with Amazon for the latest edition.

Being not the 'brightest' crossword 'Johnnies' on the block we need back-up and having tried other 'crossword aid' books and electronic gadgets, we always revert back to Braford's which accompany's us wherever we roam 'crossword solving' internally or externally which is a bit of a bugger when it is left outdoors overnight in the rain - no wonder it's condition has deteriorated.

As far as we are concerned Bradford's is the solver of choice and for all but the most avid of General Knowledge puzzlers, arguably the only one that is needed.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The version I have describes itself as "The Kindle Edition". I am using a Kindle Fire HD, 7" and I cannot recommend that edition of this book. I have the print version and that is VERY good, five stars! But the Kindle version that I have is not good because of the search method. I believe I am right in saying that the method of searching for a word is to enter that word in the SEARCH (magnifying glass) area available at the bottom of the screen. As a test, I put in the word PASTA. I really couldn't believe how long it took. It was about 4 minutes, and that was on a new Kindle Fire HD. Four minutes might not seem like a long time - but how long would a check of the same word have been in a book? Ten seconds?
What Bradford's needs is an App, like Chambers. The Kindle version of Bradford's is not fit for purpose.
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