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“The largest, most up-to-date, and most useful crossword dictionary available.” (from the Introduction by Will Shortz, New York Times Crossword Editor)

“This book is unlike any crossword reference I’ve ever seen. A must for the crossword aficionado.” (Rich Norris, Los Angeles Times crossword editor)

“Surely the most comprehensive crossword clue-and-answer resource ever compiled...” (Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon, Boston Globe and Atlantic Monthly crossword creators)

“Long overdue but well worth the wait, this is the only crossword dictionary you’llever need.” (Merl Reagle, San Francisco Chronicle crossword creator)

“Newman and Stark. . .know what should (and shouldn’t) be in a 21st-century crossword dictionary. . . .This is the book you want. ” (Fred Piscop, Washington Post Magazine crossword editor)

“...this remarkable book is destined to be not just another crossword dictionary, but the crossword dictionary.” (Wayne Robert Williams, Chicago Tribune crossword editor)

“You’ll find 40 entries here under ‘comprehensive.’ I’d say that pretty well sums it up.” (Mike Shenk, Wall Street Journal crossword editor)

A boon to solvers of crossword puzzles. You can even find names of pain relievers and rental cars! (Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics)

“[An] excellent resource.” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Acclaimed puzzle creator, editor, and publisher Stanley Newman is crossword editor for Newsday, with puzzles syndicated worldwide. He holds the world record for the fastest completion of a New York Times crossword.



Daniel Stark creates the daily crosswords for United Feature Syndicate. His puzzles also appear in many national publications.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 1 edition (March 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060517565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060517564
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By John Jay on August 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the new "Million Word Dictionary", thinking it would be maybe just a bit better then any other dictionary. Guess what? It's a MILLION times better then my old Dell dictionary, and the New York Times dictionary that I have used for years. (they have now been sent to the attic).

One of its greatest features is that all the capitols are located together, as well as the rivers.

Who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1934? Turn to page 776, and all the Nobel Prize winners are listed.

It doesn't matter what you are looking for, movies, sports, actors, foreign names. Its all there, and real easy to find.

I am not much of a TV watcher, and I was pleasantly surprised to find so many entries on TV personalities and the shows. I have been able to finish many more puzzles, as a result of having this book.

Having this dictionary handy, when I get stumped, is almost like having you the author next to me, giving me the answers. A truly great Crossword dictionary.
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Karen V. on June 28, 2004
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I bought this book for my father. He says it's the greatest book around for working crossword puzzles. The only problem he has with it is the print is very small and he has a difficult time reading it with his 67yr old eyes. He gets by with a magnifying glass, but said he'd like to have one with bigger print.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Brenda VINE VOICE on June 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Crossword puzzles are popular than ever. A newspaper just isn't complete without one. Authors use them as a backdrop in their mysteries. In addition, the crossword obsession is often spoofed in movies and on TV shows. They are a part of our everyday world.
Die-hard puzzlers will come to value _The Million Word Crossword Dictionary_. I'm not a die-hard puzzler, but I can appreciate the hard work that has gone into it. Comprehensive doesn't cover the amount of content in this 1268 page dictionary. Although the print is small, it is set up in an easy to read manner. The book offers words for single and double words. It includes typical words as well as celebrities, artists, authors, chemists, noblest, slang, popular phrases, movie titles, etc. Moreover, if you don't find what you are looking for, you can contact the authors through the snail mail or email addresses included in the book.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Michaelis on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love this book. It has helped me to finish crosswords that I otherwise couldn't. It is the most comprehensive dictionary of it's kind that I've seen (and I own quite a few). Now I don't need them anymore. I especially like the format. Not only are words listed giving the number of letters, but if a clue is blank something, or something blank (ex., Sao---, or ---nova) this dictionary has a listing for it.

It also includes popular movies and songs, actors, and other famous people, winners of awards, ex. nobel prize winners. It is definitely the best of its kind around. It isn't perfect, but it's pretty close. I gave this to my father-in-law for a birthday gift, as he is also into crosswords and he loved it too.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy E. on July 18, 2005
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I purchased the hardback and now am buying the soft back, so I can take it with me when I travel. Absolutely the best organized, easiest to find answers, and most comprehensive I have found to date. I have 5 crossword dictionaries and use this one 99% of the time.

If you are looking for a crossword dictionary that will really help, this is the one.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Dunning on May 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After using the Million Word Dictionary for the past 2 months, I have almost abandoned 4 other references that I was using prior.
This dictionary has factual, up-to-date info for puzzle solvers, trivia buffs, or anyone else interested in advancing their knowledge of Movies, Geography, the Arts, Music, Sports and hundreds of other topics.
I have worked crosswords for many years and many times have been frustrated by the lack of needed info on a number of topics. To the rescue, the Million Word Dictionary has been the answer to all my frustration.
I highly recommend the addition of this reference to your library.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Dunsmore on September 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
You would not choose this as your first crossword puzzle dictionary from size (6 cm thick) or weight alone. If you already have 1 or 2 this one is great. It's new - 2004 - so lists are up-to-date. Arrangement is alphabetical with lists, people, abbreviations, etc. included in one A to Z continuum. More info than normal - eg a person's name may include parents, school, books written, etc. Movies are listed with info about each although one may show actors and director will the next shows producers and director. More lists (Canadian Prime Ministers) are included than normal.

In short, you will still prefer to make first use of smaller, more conventient Xword dictionaries but this is a boon to serious solvers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Herbert W. White on November 9, 2006
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This the best crossword puzzle dictionary I have used. It is not just a crossword dictionary, it is much like a thesaurus and I use it as such.
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