These printable crossword puzzles can be a great way to have fun while practicing academic vocabulary. (They're also an excellent way to review most of the Academic Word List.)
They are designed for intermediate-level students of English, but even if your level is lower you should be able to complete them using the word list on the right of the page, along with the clues.
Most of the crosswords were designed to practice vocabulary taught in the English Detective newsletter. For those I have given the newsletter number after the links to the crossword and its answers,
in case you are interested in learning more about the vocabulary in the newsletter or its readings links. You can reach them from this Back Issues page. I’ve also added other pages practicing the same vocabulary in parentheses after the newsletter number.
If you would like to learn more about the value of puzzles and games for vocabulary study, see Vocabulary Games and Activities below. It also links to an interactive online crossword puzzle and some word search puzzles.