cruciverbalist


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cru·ci·ver·bal·ist

 (kro͞o′sə-vûr′bə-lĭst)
n.
1. A constructor of crosswords.
2. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords.

[From Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin verbum, word (translation of English crossword).]

cruciverbalist

(ˌkruːsɪˈvɜːbəlɪst)
n
a crossword puzzle enthusiast
[C20: from Latin crux cross + verbum word]

cru•ci•ver•bal•ist

(ˌkru səˈvɜr bə lɪst)
n.
a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.
[1975–80; < Latin cruci-, s. of crux cross + verbalist]

cruciverbalist

Someone who compiles or enjoys completing crossword puzzles.
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For me, it was a particular pleasure, given the fact that I have been a small-time cruciverbalist for almost all my adult life.
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Mary is instantly smitten with him and s oon after, the eccentric cruciverbalist loses her job and surmises that fate is telling her to follow Steve.
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I half expected the word to be curmudgeon, geezer, skinflint or something of the ilk, but no, it was - get this - cruciverbalist.