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Jan 18, 2002
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Words to describe people

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opsimath
hellkite
hangdog
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cruciverbalist

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cruciverbalist

(kroo-si-VUHR-buh-list) Pronunciation

noun: A crossword designer or enthusiast.

[From Latin cruci-, stem of crux (cross), + verbalist (one skilled in use of words), from verbum (word).]

"In a suburban town in Connecticut, Cora Felton has some small measure of notoriety as the Puzzle Lady, reputed constructor of syndicated crosswords. The much married and generally alcoholic Cora, though, is a front for her niece Sherry, the real cruciverbalist."
GraceAnne A DeCandido; Last Puzzle & Testament; The Booklist (Chicago); Jul 2000.

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Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

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