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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Revised edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380724251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380724253
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Crossword puzzle aficionados will recognize the name Edy Garcia Schaffer as the co-author of the world's best-selling crossword dictionary, The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary.

Mrs. Schaffer's decision to produce a new edition under her sole authorship was inspired by the remarkable performance of A-Z, thanks to the splendid response from the literary society of crossword puzzle enthusiasts. The author dedicated years of painstaking, extensive compilation and research work to bring this edition to fruition. Mrs. Schaffer takes great pride in her accomplishment and she assures that the same proven quality of excellence demonstrated in the original A-Z dictionary has been sustained throughout her ensuing version, which crossword puzzle buffs will find to be a substantially improved and expanded compilation of useful and expedient clues and solutions. She is ever grateful to her patrons and it is her hope that all crossword puzzle devotees will come to depend on this valuable aid and reliable reference, and will want to own a copy of her new dictionary.

Mrs. Schaffer hails from the Philippines originally and has three sisters and two brothers. Due to the early loss of both parents, Edy's ambition to be a criminal lawyer remained unfulfilled. After high school, she supported herself during a two-year secretarial course, which she successfully completed in half the time. Her formal education was later broadened, thanks to an employer's sponsorship of her studies at the American Institute of Banking in San Francisco, California. She then held positions ranging from senior stenographer, secretary, liaison officer, executive administrator to general manager of various trade firms and banking institutions in the Philippines, Guam, and California.

Mrs. Schaffer migrated to the United States in 1969, following her marriage to Art Schaffer, her husband of twenty-six years. She is enjoying a blissful life in her adopted country with her loving husband and their children: Karl, Bobby, Lynn, Ruby, and Venus; and their eleven lovely grandchildren: Tanya, Liza, Jacquelyn, Eddie, Joel, Ricky, Eric, Robert, Jennifer, Jade Benae, and Jon Benjamin.

Edy is now devoting her time to the pleasures of grannyhood and traveling with her husband all over scenic America.


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Customer Reviews

Highly recommend this to anyone who works crossword puzzles.
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I find it the most comprehensive crossword dictionary I have ever used, and can usually find the help I need without having to look up the others.
Jessie F. Crank
My old one fell apart and I had to get a new book, to replace my old one.
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176 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J Thompson on March 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am on my fourth copy of this dictionary. I have worn out the other three. I have owned several other crossword dictionaries but have found The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary to be the only one of any value. An absolute must if you do crosswords. I recently lent a copy to my 11 year old grandson for some homework of word puzzles which he found extremely helpful. He now owns his own copy.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Starr on August 17, 2001
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I can't believe someone said this didn't help--maybe they were doing puzzles in some other language? If you can only afford ONE crossword dictionary--this is the one to buy. I use three different dictionaries, but this is the one I go to first. It means it when it says "comprehensive"--it is. I certainly couldn't get through a NY Times crossword puzzle without it!
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Fred Jackson on July 16, 2001
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I own all the important crossword puzzle dictionaries, such as the N.Y.Times x-word dictionary and Random House's x-word dictionary, not to mention about 10 others. No matter how many I try, I keep coming back to this one as my #1 dictionary. I get more answers out of this one than any other. I've owned it for years and it can't be beat. I highly recommend it.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Anita Janiec on March 2, 2003
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This book has helped me enormously to complete two crossword puzzles daily. The book has given me a lot of encouragement and satisfaction to the point that crosswords puzzles are my passion and they give great satisfaction.
The only reason this book did not get the five stars, but deservedly a 4 1/2, was the fact that it is a soft-covered book which has greatly disintergrated from constant usage and the book binding broke in half in less than a year.
I made it a point to buy a similiar book which was a hard cover,(Webster's) but was sorely disappointed in the book itself. It was not nearly as informative as the A-Z Crossword Dictionary and leaves much to be desire in the way of information. Thank you for letting me have my say.
Anita Janiec
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2003
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I bought Mrs. Schaffer's "A-Z Crossword Dictionary" and I think it is probably the most used dictionary in my collection. There is no "one" crossword dictionary that will solve all of the clues. In my collection I have: "The New York Times Crossword Dictionary", "The Random House Crossword Dictionary", and "The Dell Crossword Dictionary". To also assist you in solving many crossword puzzles I recommend the "DVD & Video Guide 2004", "Proper Name Finder", and a good world atlas.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Melinda L. Fain on June 9, 2004
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I have 5 0r 6 crosswordpuzzle dictionaries but I keep going back to this one. In fact I have completely worn to tatters two paperback voumes and have bought a 3rd. I much prefer it to the NY Times one or the Schwanfeld although they both are excellent.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joan M. Strauss on January 5, 2003
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This book to me is excellent. Today I did the Sunday Funnies Crossword puzzle and got through 75% of my puzzle with this book. It features TV Shows & Characters etc. for that show. Movies with stars, oscars etc. Noble prize winners through the years such as peace etc. I can't say enough about this book. Also used for the NY Times puzzle in the Sunday paper today.
I have 8 other Crossword Dictionarys and the only other one equal to this is A to Z.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Proefrock on February 29, 2008
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New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary I purchased this crossword dictionary to replace one that I've utilized for reference for many years. I based my decision on the descriptive attributes of being bigger and better than ever with thousands of updated entries, and containing nearly twice as much information as competing crossword dictionaries. However, I find this crossword dictionary lacking in much of the word definitions and descriptive information that my old crossword dictionary contains. I find that I must still resort to my old crossword dictionary when stumped by crossword clues because the answer could not be found in the A-Z Crossword Dictionary.
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