Crossword Books

These are my recommendations for the crossworder's bookshelf. Click the links for more information or to purchase on-line. Any purchase, including CDs and DVDs, from these links earns a commission for the Crossword Centre.
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The Chambers Dictionary
The recommended dictionary for finding obscure and obsolete words. Published September 2006. This is the only way to check words in the better crosswords.

Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary The latest and improved edition. The very best aid to solving. If you can't take Chambers on holiday make sure you take this.Truly indispensable.

Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword
The classic guide to solving and setting puzzles. Ximenes set down the rules which keep modern puzzles fair. A remarkable book.

Chambers Words for Crosswords and Wordgames  The famous list of all the words in the 2003 Dictionary. Now republished after a break of 28 years, the new edition contains phrases up to 45 letters. A must for solvers and setters


Chambers Book of Azed Crosswords
The Independent Book of WEEKEND Crosswords

Monkey Puzzles by Araucaria
Monkey Puzzles v2 by Araucaria
The "Daily Telegraph" 80th Anniversary Crossword Book
The "Times" Crosswords: Bk.8
Top-Flight Crosswords by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
The Chambers Book of Araucaria Crosswords
The Times Listener Crossword Book
The Spectator Book of Crosswords
50 Crossword Puzzles by Paul Lamford and Mike Laws
The "Times" Crossword Masterclass
Chambers Crossword Manual
Cryptic Crosswords and how to Solve them
How to do the "Times" Crossword
The Times Crossword Book 5
How to Compile and Sell Crosswords
A Crash Course in Cracking Cryptic Crosswords Michael Rich (Foreword), Arthur MacTier

Crossword Aids

Chambers Crossword Lists
Chambers X-WD: A Dictionary of Crossword Abbreviations
Chambers Anagrams
Chambers Back-words for Crosswords

Chambers Crossword Completer

Chambers Concise Crossword Dictionary
Collins Thesaurus
Bradford's Crossword Key Dictionary
Chambers Official Scrabble Words
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Franklin Chambers Pocket Crossword Dictionary
Collins Gem Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary
Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters
Sharp Electronic Dictionary PW-E500
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Crossword Related

Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) by Sandy Balfour
Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) Now in paperback
Black Marigolds and Coloured Stars by E. Powys Mathers - (Torquemada)
Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L Sayers
Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
The Devil's Dictionary
Lemprière's Classical Dictionary of Proper Names in Ancient Authors
The Game of Words by W R Espy


Times Crossword Club