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The Ultimate Crossword Dictionary

A Dictionary for crosswords made from crosswords

Compiled by Edwin Faint

Dolphin Press


The name says it all.

  • The most complete and detailed crossword dictionary available.
  • Almost every entry originated, either directly or indirectly, from a crossword clue or answer.
  • Has a truly international flavour, as its primary source of data has been thousands of crosswords from many sources in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the British Isles and the United States of America.

Contains almost 1.25 million words

More than 106,000 main entries

Over 800,000 synonyms in words and phrases

Multiple uses

  • It serves well as an ordinary dictionary to provide meanings of words.
  • Can be used for cryptic crosswords—once the cryptic clue has been interpreted, this dictionary often contains information that will enable the final solution to be reached.
  • Can be used as a thesaruus—because so many synonyms are listed.

Contains detailed usage notes.

Before this dictionary’s publication, I had several other crossword dictionaries of different kinds but now The Ultimate Crossword Dictionary is always the one I reach for first.

Jonathan Anderson, Emeritus Professor of Education, Flinders University of Australia