crosswordese

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Etymology[edit]

crossword +‎ -ese

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crosswordese (uncountable)

  1. The jargon of crossword puzzle answers, classically consisting of rare, archaic, or dialectal words.
    • 1988, Sam Hodges, "Puzzlers Exchanging A Lot Of Cross Words", Orlando Sentinel, 20 March 1988:
      "The Times puzzle is full of crosswordese -- words nobody ever heard of," he said. "Take today March 10. He's got the clue 'corn mush.' The answer is 'samp.' Then there's 'dwarf buffalo.' The answer is 'anoa.' It's laughable. I know these words because I'm in the business. But why should you?"

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