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Collins Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary Paperback – Import, 7 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • 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 (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

‘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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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
This is undoubtedly the best and most comprehensive dictionary on the market for serious crossword addicts. For those of us who have to "cheat" occasionally to complete a crossword it is definitely the first book of reference to choose. I give it five stars plus.
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This book is every crossword addict's dream. No mere list of synonyms, the words in this book have been culled from actual crosswords from almost a lifetime's study of these puzzles. Anyone using this book will soon come to appreciate how it has been put together. Whether it's a foreign word, archaic term or simply a word with a recognised association with the words in the clue, you will find this book indispensable in solving crosswords quickly and with ease.
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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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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
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: Paperback
i owned an old copy of this itle picked up at a boot sale, when i saw this advertised on amazon i could not wait to receive my copy, it fulfilled all my expectations. for any crucivebalist this is the holy grail, come on araucaria, paul, et al we can solve even the most difficult now. my only wish is that we could have an e-book please!!
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