cross·​word | \ˈkrȯs-ˌwərd \

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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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 Carl enjoyed, travel with Caroline, poker with friends, trips to the casino, and crossword puzzles. Hartford Courant,, "Carl Maurice Stevens," 17 June 2018 One shot features Bey in nothing but a yellow thong—in the middle of doing a newspaper crossword puzzle, mind you—while her rapper puffs away at a cigar beside her. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé and JAY-Z Share Intimate Photos in Bed For Their On the Run Tour Book," 11 June 2018 Her other passions included dancing, sewing and mastering crossword puzzles. Hartford Courant,, "Evelyn Weidl," 1 June 2018 Evans and his son Derek, the inn’s managing partner, spent two days in a mostly empty room, fiddling with their phones, doing crossword puzzles, and talking about contacting staffing agencies as a last resort. Katie Johnston,, "Cape employers look to Puerto Rico for seasonal staff," 24 May 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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