CROSSWORDS: Acquire Vocabulary, Knowledge


  • C-A-TMore than one word might satisfy the definition, especially if ambiguous; use crossing entries to eliminate possibilities.
  • The answer may be a phrase, rather than a single word -- if so, plural or verb tense (present, past, infinitive, gerund) in clue might affect the phrase at (or before) its end
  • Language of the clue, e.g., Latin, Spanish, almost always indicates language of answer.
  • catatonic retiredRead a lot; learn vocabulary, (vowel-heavy) 'repeaters' (e.g., area, aria, oreo), and 'crosswordese' ("words frequently found in crossword puzzles but seldom found in everyday conversation" but usually rarer in 'better' puzzles) -- by osmosis or from lists
  • Also know what you (usually) will not find: profanity, sad or disturbing topics, or overly explicit answers -- the so-called "breakfast test"
  • Recognize letter sequences: tictactoe (O,X), 'alphabetic trio', Roman numerals, time zones, acronyms, author's or president's initials, compass dir., phone keypad, cable networks, etc.
  • [Refs]: "Ebola Invades 'The New York Times' Sunday Crossword"
  • [Refs]: "Cruciverbal Cheat Sheets"
  • [Refs: Crosswordese]: "Crosswordese 101 Summary"



Vocabulary: OREO

Vocabulary: Crosswordese