cruciverbalist


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cruciverbalist

a person who compiles or solves crossword puzzles

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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Known among her children's friends as 'the Oracle', for being a font of information, she was an avid cruciverbalist - crossword fan - and also a knitter.
Then and now, the unrepentant cruciverbalist (the dictionary term for a person skillful in creating or solving crossword puzzles, from two Latin words crux [cross] and verbum [word].)
For me, it was a particular pleasure, given the fact that I have been a small-time cruciverbalist for almost all my adult life.
Soon after, the eccentric cruciverbalist loses her job and surmises that fate is telling her to follow Steve.
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.
She plays Mary Horowitz, a crossword compiler, or cruciverbalist, for her local newspaper.
The one thing people might take away from the movie is that a crossword-puzzle constructor is a "cruciverbalist." Holding that modest occupation is Bullock's Mary Horowitz, who has a "Rain Man"-like grasp for useless information but not much of a social life, living with her parents while scratching out puzzles for a Sacramento newspaper.
PROVERB: The Probabilistic Cruciverbalist. In Proceedings of the Sixteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-99), 710-717.
To the cruciverbalist, ANA is a collection of table talk or literary anecdotes about the GAR, a species of pike.
Dave DeChristopher is the artistic director of the Greenwood Theater Company, as well as an award-winning playwright and prolific cruciverbalist. He lives in New York City.
This one caught my attention particularly because she wrote, "Dad: A word describing you!!" I half expected the word to be curmudgeon, geezer, skinflint or something of the ilk, but no, it was - get this - cruciverbalist.