Crossword words

February 22, 2009
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
Words that are high-frequency in crosswords but low-frequency in everyday use.

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Friday July 17th 2009, 1:15 PM
Comment by: Cody (Eugene, OR)
I have been enjoying crossword puzzless for over 40 years (I can still remember encountering Jai Alai for the first time, and thinking it was a person, not a sport). Nevertheless, 40 years beyond that first dim memory, I often encounter jai alai as a reliable entry in many crosswords. I cannot imagine the demise of crosswords. Royalty; movie stars; blue-, white-, and pink-collar workers; students; children; stay-at-home husbands or wives; detectives; characters in books...the list of crossword aficionados (and their ilk) is endless. The only people I know who don't do them tell me they are too intimated to even try. Too bad; they have no idea what they're missing (adit, awn, olio, among others)
Sunday January 24th 2010, 4:13 AM
Comment by: Ercolino
Cody, intimate people dont do x-words ?
Thursday February 25th 2010, 7:45 AM
Comment by: Stuart M. (Salzburg Austria)
Then they should do X-words to get them out of their intimate perhaps too intimate closed in worlds.
Sunday January 6th 2013, 11:08 PM
Comment by: Anita H.
I joined this site mainly because I started doing words puzzles. As much as I love them, I'm not very good at them and I'm glad I found a list specifically for Crosswords, my least favorite. I want to get better at these word puzzles so I don't have to keep going to a dictionary and try to remember a clue I had from another puzzle.

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