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Monday, October 23, 2017
Definitions for cruciverbalist
  1. a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.

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Citations for cruciverbalist
In crossword parlance, you are either a solver or a “constructor” (or, if you're in a fourteen-letter mood, a “cruciverbalist”), though many people at the tournament had dabbled in both. Michael Schulman, "Solvers," The New Yorker, March 15, 2010
Making a crossword puzzle isn't easy: crossword puzzle makers, or cruciverbalists, have to follow strict rules in building their brain teasers. Danny Lewis, "Plagiarism Scandal Checkers the World of Crossword Puzzles," Smithsonian.com, March 8, 2016
Origin of cruciverbalist
1975-1980
Cruciverbalist is a Latin translation of English crossword. Cruci- is the combining form of the Latin noun crux “cross,” as in cruciform or crucifix; verbalist means someone who is skilled in using words or who is more interested in words than in ideas or reality. Cruciverbalist entered English in the 20th century.
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