Entry from British & World English dictionary
A person who enjoys or is skilled at solving crosswords.
- So, cat was ‘aaa’ (not to be confused with that bird beloved of Scrabble players and cruciverbalists, the a'a).
- For those cruciverbalists craving more, the American Crossword Federation will be host of a week-long Alaskan cruise in August with daily instructional seminars on puzzle-solving strategy.
- He is a well-respected cruciverbalist, whose puzzles have appeared in just about every major U.S. newspaper.
1970s: from Latin crux, cruci- 'cross' and verbalist.
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