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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Now the Gray Ghost weighs down your crossword puzzles. Evan Allgood, The New Yorker, "The Six Remotes in Your Dad’s Entertainment Center," 15 June 2019 This can be as simple as doing crossword puzzles or Sudoku, or more involved – like learning a new language or playing an instrument. NBC News, "Dr. Fernstrom: 7 ways women can boost their brainpower," 13 June 2019 For the last several years, Barnes & Noble likewise seems to have regarded its customers like out-of-town acquaintances who have suddenly arrived for a confounding and stressful visit: Do you like crossword puzzles? Corinne Purtill, Quartz, "Barnes & Noble’s sale starts a new chapter for a troubled chain," 7 June 2019 Alyssa Naeher — Starts her day by doing crossword puzzles, and dreams of someday seeing her name as an answer in one. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Women's World Cup: Hello Kitty, surfing and Japanese game shows. Getting to know the USWNT," 31 May 2019 The crossword prize winner is Douglas Felix, who contributed several interesting alternative clues. Quanta Magazine, "Quanta’s Science and Math Crossword Puzzle," 21 Dec. 2018 JW Anderson’s Converse collaboration brings the logo trend to sneakers with intersecting text structured like a crossword puzzle. Vogue, "Logo Shoes Are the Latest Aughts Fashion Revival," 19 Apr. 2019 Her mastery of the English language was apparent by her swift, accurate solutions to crossword, jumble and cryptogram puzzles. Hartford Courant,, "Marian P. McDonald," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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