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How can crossword puzzles help me with spelling?
The crossword is the most popular and widespread word game in the world. It is easy to see how it helps with spelling - you cannot get too far in a puzzle if you do not spell the word correctly! Crosswords encourage people to use dictionaries, both specialized crossword dictionaries as well as collegiate and unabridged volumes. The constructor of a puzzle uses unabridged dictionaries. The solver of crosswords has to write words guessed from clues provided by the constructor. Crossword puzzles encourage logical thinking and correct spelling. When the first book of crosswords was published in 1924 it became a best-seller and crosswords replaced mah-jongg as the most popular American game. It may seem that crossword-solving is a trivial pursuit, yet it has been claimed that crosswords extend one's vocabulary, stimulate the mind, and encourage a healthy skepticism towards accepting things at their face value. Improving your spelling by getting involved in any type of word game can be fun and profitable.