What is the term for, or the name for, a person who enjoys solving word puzzles, crosswords, etc.?

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  • A person who enjoys or is skilled at solving crosswords. (ODO)

  • An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords. (AHD)

  • A crossword puzzle enthusiast. (Collins)

Ngram: cruciverbalist, the term is relatively recent, its usage is from '80s.

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    doesn't include other word puzzles
    – GEdgar
    Jun 7, 2015 at 22:46
  • It does, according to AHD definition.
    – user66974
    Jun 7, 2015 at 22:47
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    Cruci - cross; verb - word. I'd suggest that the American Heritage Dictionary's definition is too broad in its meaning.
    – Grizzled
    Jun 7, 2015 at 23:35
  • wow! who knew??!
    – Fattie
    Jun 8, 2015 at 4:19
  • @Grizzled: AHD often is more broad. Josh61: Can you find it in any other dictionary defined as not limited to crosswords? Jun 8, 2015 at 8:08

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