cross·​word | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌwərd How to pronounce crossword (audio) \

Definition of crossword

: a puzzle in which words are filled into a pattern of numbered squares in answer to correspondingly numbered clues and in such a way that the words read across and down

Examples of crossword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To understand this better, consider crossword puzzles. Meir Statman, WSJ, "The Mental Mistakes That Active Investors Make," 10 Feb. 2020 On Wednesday evening, Paul was filling out a crossword puzzle, surreptitiously putting it under a piece of paper on his desk. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Sleeping senators, snacks, shaking heads: What you can't see on TV at Trump's impeachment trial," 28 Jan. 2020 At least one, Rand Paul of Kentucky, did crossword puzzles. Los Angeles Times, "Column: In impeachment trial, GOP senators balk at imagining their heads on a pike," 26 Jan. 2020 Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, who was noodling over a crossword puzzle on Wednesday, could be seen on Thursday laboring over a detailed sketch of the Capitol. New York Times, "Senators Battle a Persistent Impeachment Foe: Their Own Restlessness," 23 Jan. 2020 While Paul brought a crossword puzzle into the Senate chamber, Lee brought two books, Impeachment in America From 1635 to 1805 and The Federalist Papers, to read. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Senators look for ways to stay focused during long impeachment trial hours," 23 Jan. 2020 Senators are also barred from note passing, talking, coffee, snacks and crossword puzzles during the grueling days, the Wall Street Journal reports. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Amazon, Facebook and Apple spend record-high amounts on Washington lobbying in 2019," 21 Jan. 2020 Mary enjoyed traveling with friends, knitting, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, and wintering in Florida., "Mary R. Mayer," 13 Dec. 2019 Spend time in nature; talk to someone (but not about work), exercise, take a power nap or do a crossword puzzle. Sarah Digiulio, NBC News, "8 ways to make Mondays less painful," 8 Dec. 2019

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Crossword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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