Printable Crossword Puzzles:  
Vocabulary Fun

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.

Printable Crossword Puzzles (with Related Practice)

  • Success Vocabulary Crossword & Answers, NL 51 (see NL 3 for a related crossword and pages & also NL 89 for a different set of words)

Puzzles from Newsletter 81 on

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.

Related Pages

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These science crossword puzzles let you practice basic & academic science vocabulary. One is  online; others are downloadable.

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Printable free word search puzzles: a good way to review English spelling & vocabulary. Test your English word recognition skills!

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Games are so useful in ESL classes! Get free printable puzzles, vocabulary matching games, and inexpensive packets of games to practice irregular verbs.

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