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Crosswordese

The Weird and Wonderful Language of Crossword Puzzles
By David Bukszpan
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A celebration of the weird and wonderful language of crosswords, and the lexicon’s fascinating checkered history—for crossword puzzlers and language lovers everywhere. Crossword puzzles have a language all their own. This astonishingly e...
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A celebration of the weird and wonderful language of crosswords, and the lexicon’s fascinating checkered history—for crossword puzzlers and language lovers everywhere.

Crossword puzzles have a language all their own. This astonishingly entertaining guide to grid lingo will improve your game while it fills in the hows, whys, and history of this quirky idiom.

Crosswordese is a celebration of the weird and wonderful language of crossword puzzles, and its evolution over time, from antiquity to the age of LOL and LIZZO. Because the crossword lexicon is all about wordplay and changing cultural references, this delightfully gifty gamechanger is much, much more than just a dictionary.

Full of lexical miscellanies, playful asides, language history, peculiar puzzle clues, and pop cultural references—plus a dozen crossword puzzles specially created for this book—Crosswordese is an entertaining read for word gamers and language lovers of all varieties.

THE CROSSWORD MOMENT: With more people than ever hooked on crossword puzzles in venues new and familiar (The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Slate, Vice, smartphone apps…) we live in a golden era of crosswordese. This is readable and richly entertaining guide to speaking the language and upping your game.

PACKED WITH INFORMATION: The text is written in a clever way that delivers [clues] and ANSWERS as you read along. Packed with trivia about puzzle clues and answers, sidebar-rich chapters cover groups of clues on subjects like food, travel, music, movies, and more.

FOR BEGINNERS, EXPERTS, AND WORD NERDS ALIKE: Beginners will find it a boon to your solving skills; veteran crossworders will learn more about the vocabulary you employ every morning; even folks more interested in language than puzzles will find plenty to say AHA about.

BEYOND CROSSWORDS: Hooked on crosswords? Now you can discover even more to enjoy about the history and trivia behind the terms and clues you love.

PUZZLES INCLUDED: The author has also specially created a dozen puzzles based on the book’s content and included them inside the book!

Perfect for:
- Perfect gift or self-purchase for crossword puzzlers of all skill levels
- Fans of all varieties of word games
- Word nerds, grammar and language enthusiasts

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 6 X 8 V
Publication Date: 03/01/2022
ISBN: 9781797203027
David Bukszpan is the author of Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, The Weird and Wonderful Language of Scrabble. His writing has also been published by the New York Times, Harper's, The Paris Review, The Daily Beast, n+1, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.