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Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate List

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1. USA TODAY Crossword: 200 Puzzles from The Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper (Volume 2) (USA Today Puzzles) (2007)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListThe Nation's No. 1 Newspaper offers puzzle-smiths the ultimate book featuring a new collection of challenging conundrums."You can be sitting in the train working a puzzle but it can take you far away from the everyday. Before you know it you're at your stop or about to pass it. It's not like you were even in the train. It's something different, something removed from the ordinary."–Maki Kaji, The Japanese TimesBoasting an average of 60 word clues, each game is centered on themes such as Letters to Rome, Tax Credits, Opposites Attract, and more….
Author(s): USA TODAY

2. Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #18 (18) (S&S Mega Crossword Puzzles) (2018)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListIn 1924, Simon & Schuster published its first title, The Crossword Puzzle Book. Not only was it the publisher’s first release, it was the first collection of crossword puzzles ever printed. Today, more than 90 years later, Simon & Schuster’s legendary crossword puzzle book series continues with a brand-new collection of 300 crosswords, which offer hours of stimulation for solvers of every level. Created by the best contemporary constructors—and edited by top puzzle master John M. Samson—the Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #18 is…
Author(s): John M. Samson

3. The New York Times Monday Crossword Puzzle Omnibus: 200 Solvable Puzzles from the Pages of The New York Times (2013)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListMonday might not be your favorite day to head to the office but if you’re a crossword solver who enjoys the Times’s easiest puzzles, you can’t wait for Monday to roll around. This first volume of our new series collects all your favorite start-of-the week puzzles in one huge omnibus.Features:- 200 easy Monday crosswords- Big omnibus volume is a great value for solvers- The New York Times-the #1 brand name in crosswords- Edited by Will Shortz: the celebrity of U.S. crossword puzzling…
Author(s): The New York Times, Will Shortz

4. The New York Times Ultimate Crossword Omnibus: 1,001 Puzzles from The New York Times (2003)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListAmerica’s Favorite: The New York Times CrosswordsThe biggest book of crossword puzzles-ever! From The New York Times, the gold standard of crossword puzzles, comes this new collection containing a stunning 1,001 puzzles of all levels of difficulty, enough for even the most determined crossword fanatic.Old fans and new alike will find that the puzzles within are sure to excite, delight, confound, amaze, amuse and enlighten. So lay in a supply of food, unplug the phone, bar the door and get ready to dive into the biggest collection of New York Times crosswords that has ever been published. – Over three years’ worth of puzzles from Monday…
Author(s): The New York Times, New York Times, The, et al.

5. The New York Times Sunday Crossword Omnibus Volume 11: 200 World-Famous Sunday Puzzles from the Pages of The New York Times (2017)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListIt’s the biggest crossword series around: New York Times crosswords editor Will Shortz’s gigantic Sunday puzzles in an omnibus-size volume that guarantees hours of head-scratching and entertainment for all puzzlers. Features:- Convenience and value with 200 puzzles in a single volume – Contemporary themed puzzles more than 50% bigger than the weekday puzzle- Fun, fresh vocabulary and challenging clues the New York Times Sunday crossword is famous for…
Author(s): The New York Times, Will Shortz

6. Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #17 (17) (S&S Mega Crossword Puzzles) (2017)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListSharpen your pencils! The classic, bestselling crossword puzzle series returns, with 300 never-before-published Thursday to Sunday-size brain breakers.Simon & Schuster published the first-ever crossword puzzle book back in 1924. Now, more than ninety years later, the classic crossword series continues with a brand-new collection of crosswords at every level from top puzzle master John M. Samson. Designed with convenience in mind, this super-sized crossword puzzle book features perforated pages so you can tear out the crosswords individually and work on them on the go. Samson delights die-hard fans and challenges…
Author(s): John M. Samson

7. Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #19 (19) (S&S Mega Crossword Puzzles) (2019)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListIn 1924, Simon & Schuster published its first title, The Cross Word Puzzle Book. Not only was it the publisher’s first release, it was the first collection of crossword puzzles ever printed. Today, 95 years later, Simon & Schuster’s legendary crossword puzzle legacy continues with a brand-new collection of 300 crosswords, which offer hours of challenging fun for puzzle solvers of every level. Created by the best contemporary constructors—and edited by top puzzle master John M. Samson—Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book…
Author(s): John M. Samson

8. The New York Times Easy Crossword Puzzle Omnibus Volume 13: 200 Solvable Puzzles from the Pages of The New York Times (2018)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListWhy stress out when you could take it easy? Here’s another great big volume of easy breezy New York Times crossword puzzles to pass the time. Like its popular predecessors, this collection features:- 200 Monday and Tuesday puzzles- The easiest crosswords published in The New York Times- Big grids for easy solving…
Author(s): The New York Times, Will Shortz

9. The New York Times Supersized Book of Sunday Crosswords: 500 Puzzles (New York Times Crossword Puzzles) (2006)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate List500 puzzles; the biggest collection of Sunday crosswords (the Times’ most popular) EVER. Everything about the New York Times Supersized Book of Sunday Crosswords is, well, supersized. At one hour per puzzle (that’s pretty fast!), eight hours of solving per day, it would still take two months of solid solving to finish this book….
Author(s): The New York Times, Will Shortz , et al.

10. USA TODAY Crossword 3: 200 Puzzles from The Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper (Volume 21) (USA Today Puzzles) (2012)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListUSA TODAY Crossword 3 is a brand-new collection of 200 crosswords for puzzle-smiths of all skill levels.Crossword is a classic puzzle that continues to be one of the most popular puzzle types. Keep your mind sharp with this assortment from the nation's No. 1 newspaper and gaming authority, USA TODAY….
Author(s): USA TODAY

11. Merriam-Webster’s Crossword Puzzle Dictionary, New 4th Edition, mass-market paperback (2015)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListThis new 4th edition of this best-welling crossword puzzle dictionary is an essential guide for anyone who enjoys the game. This new edition features more than 340,000 clues and answer words with over 20,000 new words. Organized alphabetically, by number of letters, and by common categories. New answer and clue words include freegan, goji, pho, and tweep. The book also offers comprehensive coverage of "crosswordese"–the words, people, and place-names most encountered by puzzlers….
Author(s): Merriam-Webster

12. The New York Times Tuesday Crossword Puzzle Omnibus: 200 Easy Puzzles from the Pages of The New York Times (2013)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListCrossword fans who love easy puzzles love Tuesdays! They’re fast and fun to complete but offer a hint of a challenge. Now for the first time, we offer 200 of them in a beautiful omnibus.Featuring:- 200 easy Tuesday crosswords- Big omnibus volume is a great value for solversThe New York Times-the #1 brand name in crosswords- Edited by Will Shortz: the celebrity of U.S. crossword puzzling…
Author(s): The New York Times, Will Shortz

13. The New York Times Sunday Crossword Omnibus Volume 8: 200 World-Famous Sunday Puzzles from the Pages of The New York Times (New York Times Sunday Crosswords Omnibus) (2004)

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate ListThe Sunday New York Times crossword: As good as it gets!The New York Times Sunday puzzles are the biggest and the best in the world, and this latest collection of two hundred great puzzles will provide hundreds of hours of puzzling fun for beginners and experts alike. Famed editor Will Shortz has brought a new, fresh look to the Times crosswords by emphasizing fun, light vocabulary and a minimum of obscure trivia.- 200 of America’s favorite Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles- Sunday puzzles are up to 40 percent bigger than weekday puzzles, with fewer black squares and more inventive themes- Author…
Author(s): The New York Times, Will Shortz

Best Crossword Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some crossword books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief

Author(s): Alan Connor
Publisher: Gotham, Year: 2014, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1194706

On Crosswords: Thoughts, Studies, Facts and Snark About a 100-Year-Old Pastime

Author(s): T. Campbell
Publisher: Koehler Books, Year: 2013, Size: 14 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2330881

Crosswords for Seniors For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))

Author(s): Timothy E. Parker
Publisher: , Year: 2009, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 465410

Crosswords for Seniors For Dummies

Author(s): Timothy E. Parker
Publisher: For Dummies, Year: 2009, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1047718

The 21st Century Crossword Puzzle Dictionary

Author(s): Kevin McCann, Mark Diehl
Publisher: Puzzlewright, Year: 2009, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1155768

Brain Teasers: 211 Logic Puzzles, Lateral Thinking Games, Mazes, Crosswords, and IQ Tests to Exercise Your Mind and Keep You Sharp 'til You're 100

Author(s): Ian Livingstone, Jamie Thomson
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2009, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1324052

Pocket crossword dictionary

Author(s): B.J. Holmes
Publisher: A&C Black, Year: 2007, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 188030

Crossword Lists & Crossword Solver: Over 100,000 Potential Solutions

Author(s): Anne Stibbs
Publisher: , Year: 2007, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 479665

Crossword solver Crossword lists

Author(s): Stibbs, Anne
Publisher: A & C Black, Year: 2007, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1488615

Webster's English to Portuguese Crossword Puzzles: Level 2

Author(s): Philip M. Parker
Publisher: ICON Group International, Inc, Year: 2006, Size: 834 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 387739

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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