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New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary [Mass Market Paperback]

Edy Schaffer
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Book Description

Oct. 1 1996

The Best Crossword Dictionary Just Got Better!

With more than 50,000 new words added-now over 225,000 entries-the world's most extensive, up-to-the-minute and easy-to-use crossword puzzle dictionary is bigger and better than ever! Arranged alphabetically from start to finish, THE NEW COMPREHENSIVE A-Z CROSSWORD DICTIONARY is a boon for puzzle fans young and old-with thousands of updated references from the worlds of art, literature, sports, politics, and pop culture; geographical and technical terms; famous and not-so-famous figures from the past and present; biblical references; computer terminology; new and old words; variant spellings; idioms, slogans, slang, abbreviations ... and much more!

Containing nearly twice as much information as competing crossword dictionaries, this handy volume not only provides indispensable help to anyone occasionally stumped by the subtle and sophisticated clues employed by today's master puzzle constructors, it is also a treasure trove of fascinating facts and trivia. And if you're looking for the right word to fill those little white boxes, the solution is here ... at your fingertips.

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About the Author

Crossword puzzle aficionados will recognize the name Edy Garcia Schaffer as the co-author of the world's best-selling crossword dictionary, The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary.

Mrs. Schaffer's decision to produce a new edition under her sole authorship was inspired by the remarkable performance of A-Z, thanks to the splendid response from the literary society of crossword puzzle enthusiasts. The author dedicated years of painstaking, extensive compilation and research work to bring this edition to fruition. Mrs. Schaffer takes great pride in her accomplishment and she assures that the same proven quality of excellence demonstrated in the original A-Z dictionary has been sustained throughout her ensuing version, which crossword puzzle buffs will find to be a substantially improved and expanded compilation of useful and expedient clues and solutions. She is ever grateful to her patrons and it is her hope that all crossword puzzle devotees will come to depend on this valuable aid and reliable reference, and will want to own a copy of her new dictionary.

Mrs. Schaffer hails from the Philippines originally and has three sisters and two brothers. Due to the early loss of both parents, Edy's ambition to be a criminal lawyer remained unfulfilled. After high school, she supported herself during a two-year secretarial course, which she successfully completed in half the time. Her formal education was later broadened, thanks to an employer's sponsorship of her studies at the American Institute of Banking in San Francisco, California. She then held positions ranging from senior stenographer, secretary, liaison officer, executive administrator to general manager of various trade firms and banking institutions in the Philippines, Guam, and California.

Mrs. Schaffer migrated to the United States in 1969, following her marriage to Art Schaffer, her husband of twenty-six years. She is enjoying a blissful life in her adopted country with her loving husband and their children: Karl, Bobby, Lynn, Ruby, and Venus; and their eleven lovely grandchildren: Tanya, Liza, Jacquelyn, Eddie, Joel, Ricky, Eric, Robert, Jennifer, Jade Benae, and Jon Benjamin.

Edy is now devoting her time to the pleasures of grannyhood and traveling with her husband all over scenic America.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far one of the best. Jan. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book to me is excellent. Today I did the Sunday Funnies Crossword puzzle and got through 75% of my puzzle with this book. It features TV Shows & Characters etc. for that show. Movies with stars, oscars etc. Noble prize winners through the years such as peace etc. I can't say enough about this book. Also used for the NY Times puzzle in the Sunday paper today.
I have 8 other Crossword Dictionarys and the only other one equal to this is A to Z.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A-Z Crossword Dictionary in hard cover March 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has helped me enormously to complete two crossword puzzles daily. The book has given me a lot of encouragement and satisfaction to the point that crosswords puzzles are my passion and they give great satisfaction.
The only reason this book did not get the five stars, but deservedly a 4 1/2, was the fact that it is a soft-covered book which has greatly disintergrated from constant usage and the book binding broke in half in less than a year.
I made it a point to buy a similiar book which was a hard cover,(Webster's) but was sorely disappointed in the book itself. It was not nearly as informative as the A-Z Crossword Dictionary and leaves much to be desire in the way of information. Thank you for letting me have my say.
Anita Janiec
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crossword Dictionary April 20 2013
By gussy
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Quite good but for Crosswords a little short on certain information, such a Movies, starring roles and finding individual names etc., but fine for regular words..
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those getting started in crossword puzzles Dec 23 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought Mrs. Schaffer's "A-Z Crossword Dictionary" and I think it is probably the most used dictionary in my collection. There is no "one" crossword dictionary that will solve all of the clues. In my collection I have: "The New York Times Crossword Dictionary", "The Random House Crossword Dictionary", and "The Dell Crossword Dictionary". To also assist you in solving many crossword puzzles I recommend the "DVD & Video Guide 2004", "Proper Name Finder", and a good world atlas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever ! March 22 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had searched and searched for another copy of A-Z crossword dictionary and couldn't find another one in the store. dWarren1 had a used one for sale, that was advertised as used with spine bent and pages crumbled a bit. I didn't care. I ordered the dictionary anyway because the one I had didn't have a cover or back and some of the pages were missing. Plus it was in 5 different pieces ! I got very prompt response and received the book within a week, in excellent condition! Nice doing business with people like this. JBoone
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Crossword Buffs! March 28 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am on my fourth copy of this dictionary. I have worn out the other three. I have owned several other crossword dictionaries but have found The New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary to be the only one of any value. An absolute must if you do crosswords. I recently lent a copy to my 11 year old grandson for some homework of word puzzles which he found extremely helpful. He now owns his own copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and excellent! Aug. 17 2001
By Starr
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe someone said this didn't help--maybe they were doing puzzles in some other language? If you can only afford ONE crossword dictionary--this is the one to buy. I use three different dictionaries, but this is the one I go to first. It means it when it says "comprehensive"--it is. I certainly couldn't get through a NY Times crossword puzzle without it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best July 16 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I own all the important crossword puzzle dictionaries, such as the N.Y.Times x-word dictionary and Random House's x-word dictionary, not to mention about 10 others. No matter how many I try, I keep coming back to this one as my #1 dictionary. I get more answers out of this one than any other. I've owned it for years and it can't be beat. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A-Z Crossword Dictionary
I never know a crossword dictionary existed. I really appreciate it and looking forward to use as travel companion to all crossword puzzles books I intend to bring along with... Read more
Published 13 days ago by MaggzRB
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Edward G Couchman
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional standby
This purchase to replace badly battered previous copy, well used by scrabble and crossword fiends alike.Not a new edition but there is no reeason to edit or change it.
Published 7 months ago by M. A. Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Information
I have had a copy of this dictionary on hand for about 20 or more years. As one wears out I simply order another.
First time ordered on line.
Published 10 months ago by Bruce Allanson
4.0 out of 5 stars My first edition of this puzzle book fell apart. It is just about the...
This is my bible of crossword puzzles. Once this one wears out, I will be in the market for another exactly the same.
Published 14 months ago by Louisa Pocock
5.0 out of 5 stars A to Zed as we Canadians say
When scotch tape would no longer hold my first copy of this crossword dictionary together I just had to get a new copy. A good selection of foreign language vocabulary.
Published 20 months ago by Northern Belle
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
This dictionary is nice and small and is easy to use at the table when doing my crosswords,but it is a pretty good book for its size.
Published on March 29 2012 by J. Purpura
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Crossword Puzzle dictionary
This is a very useful book to help find answers to crossword puzzles - especially those using extremely rare words - even though not fully updated for 2012 terminology.
Published on Feb. 18 2012 by Torontonian
4.0 out of 5 stars A-Z Crossword Dictionary
Definitely our favorite reference. Just bought our sixth one as we keep wearing ours out. We keep a copy in Mexico, two at our cottage and two at home so we don't have to fight... Read more
Published on April 16 2009 by Sharon Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars I keep going back
I have 5 0r 6 crosswordpuzzle dictionaries but I keep going back to this one. In fact I have completely worn to tatters two paperback voumes and have bought a 3rd. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Melinda L. Fain
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