Crossword: Marine Dictionary

Longing for the tang of fresh sea air but can’t get to the shore? Feel like yo-ho-ho-ing but don’t have a bottle of rum? What better way to get your seafaring fix than with an ingenious crossword composed of nautical terms?

Our latest Distributed Proofreaders puzzle is based on An Universal Dictionary of the Marine by William Falconer, a Scottish poet and sailor. Published in 1769, the same year Falconer was lost at sea, the dictionary is a fascinating compendium of technical terms and phrases relating to ships. It contains helpful illustrations and even an appendix with translations of French maritime terms.


In order to solve the puzzle, first take a look at the book. Yes, it’s a dictionary. No, we don’t expect you to read a dictionary. The beauty of Project Gutenberg e-books is that they’re searchable. And you’ll learn something new (or old) about marine terms while you’re hunting for the answers.

You can solve the puzzle in one of two ways:

  • Use the interactive version. Just click on a blank square and the corresponding clue pops up. Type in the answer and click OK (or, if you’re stumped, click the Solve button). Clicking the Check Puzzle button at the bottom gives the number of errors and incomplete words, if you want to see how you’re getting on.
  • Or, download the printable PDF version and print out the puzzle to solve it the old-fashioned way, with your favorite writing implement. Check your solution with the printable PDF answer key. No peeking! (But who’s to know?)

Happy Puzzling!

This crossword was created by FallenArchangel, a Distributed Proofreaders volunteer, using the free EclipseCrossword app.

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4 Responses to Crossword: Marine Dictionary

  1. genknit says:

    Oh, boy, looks like fun! Avast, me hearties!

  2. jjzdp says:

    Thanks so much.

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