Solve Crossword Puzzles and Improve Your Spelling

Solving crossword puzzles is a great way to improve your spelling and build your vocabulary bank.  Crossword solvers have often said to me that using a crossword dictionary does not provide them with an adequate challenge. They believe they should be able to have all the answers in their memory.  Some even go as far as saying it is ‘cheating’ to use one!
The Chambers Crossword Dictionary
Relying on your memory is fine, but there are certain things you just don’t know or can’t recall at that particular time. Researching  words and facts will enable you to enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you have solved the puzzle, and have extended your general knowledge on a particular topic..The advantage of this is that once you have learnt the information, you will be able to remember it again the next time it appears in a crossword or in another situation.

Some time ago, I was at the hairdressers and we started to talk about crosswords.  My hairdresser was telling me that when she started work she started to solve crosswords to pass the time travelling to and fro, and during lunch breaks.  She used her trusty dictionary and thesaurus, and found that by using them to solve the puzzle they improved her spelling markedly.  She didn’t necessarily need to know how the words were spelt at the outset, but the the dictionary and thesaurus helped her fill in the gaps.  She still solves crosswords, and uses the same dictionary and thesaurus.

If you think your crossword puzzle dictionary is a little out of date and you need a new one, why not invest in a copy of the Chambers Crossword Dictionary?  It’s a fantastic tool for all crossword solvers, containing over 500,000 solutions for cryptic and quick crosswords.  It is the one of the main dictionaries the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency uses to compile its crossword puzzles, so we highly recommend it!

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