1. A constructor of crosswords.
2. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords.
[From Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin verbum, word (translation of English crossword).]
I’m horrible at crossword puzzles. I love words, I love playing with word, I love making up words. However, the ADD tends to kick in and I can’t spell anyway. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a crossword puzzle with spell check. I also have this nasty habit of trying to make everything a compound word.
That tends to mess up the letter count thing.
Why did I pick cruciverbalist?
Because it took me a couple of minutes to pronounce it correctly and I didn’t know what it meant and it’s random. You’re welcome.
-  The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company ↩