German Phrases For Dummies
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Crossword puzzles are just plain fun to solve, not to mention the great mental workout you get. If you're new to working crosswords, keep the following basic tips in mind:
  • Keep key resources, such as the following, on hand (whether in electronic or hard-copy form):

    • A dictionary

    • A slang dictionary

    • A thesaurus

    • An atlas

    • An almanac

  • Work in pencil. When you're an old pro, you may insist on working in pen to up the challenge.

  • The phrasing of the clues determines each puzzle's difficulty, and it may take a while to get familiar with a puzzle's particular phrasing.

  • Look for fill-in-the-blank answers first; most people find them among the easiest to solve.

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Paulina Christensen has been working as a writer, editor, and translator for more than ten years. She has developed, written, and edited numerous German language textbooks and teachers handbooks for Berlitz International. Anne Fox has been working as a translator, editor, and writer for more than 12 years. Recently, she has been developing, writing, and editing student textbooks and teacher handbooks for Berlitz.

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