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

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The first movie in the franchise, which was co-created by the New York Times crossword puzzle editor, will air March 10. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Hallmark Just Announced a New Mystery Movie Series Starring Lacey Chabert," 10 Mar. 2019 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will debut 36 of the network's new installments, such as The Crossword Mystery, which combines three of our favorite things: crime, crossword puzzles, and Lacey Chabert. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hallmark's 2018 Movie Lineup," 6 June 2018 John had a love for golf, playing cards, cheering on his Red Sox, Uconn Huskies, traveling with Marguerite, doing his crossword and jumbles, and throwing out his famous one-liners that always drew smiles. Hartford Courant,, "John Richard McIntyre," 22 Apr. 2018 Please see a note to readers about crossword puzzles on page C13. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 18 Jan. 2019 News subscriptions are more expensive, and brought in about $40 in revenue per subscriber last quarter, whereas the crossword and cooking offerings brought in about $10, on average. Rani Molla, Recode, "The ‘Trump bump’ in the New York Times’ digital news subscription growth is over," 9 Aug. 2018 Sapiosexuality is all about being attracted to intelligence, so if your fantasies include doing a crossword with bae or discussing that day's english class lecture before getting frisky, the label may pertain to you. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Sapiosexuality?," 12 Oct. 2018 Almost 40 percent of new digital subscriptions are for crosswords and cooking. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Fortnite is now available on Android — just in time for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9," 10 Aug. 2018 Some are doing crossword puzzles or reading catalogs. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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