[ kroo-suh-vur-buh-list ]
/ ˌkru səˈvɜr bə lɪst /
a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.
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Who Invented The Crossword?Arthur Wynne is usually credited with inventing the crossword. His first puzzle, called a word-cross, was published in December 1913 in the New York World. But there may have been other predecessors to the crossword: in England in the 19th century and an Italian version called per passare il tempo, which means “to pass the time.” Word crosses eventually became known as crosswords, and their creators …
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British Dictionary definitions for cruciverbalist
/ (ˌkruːsɪˈvɜːbəlɪst) /
a crossword puzzle enthusiast
Word Origin for cruciverbalist
C20: from Latin crux cross + verbum word
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Word Origin and History for cruciverbalist
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