Published in 1938 by Parker Brothers, Inc. and marketed as the “New Card Game Craze,” Crossword Lexicon is a card game in which players develop a crossword puzzle while trying to empty their hands of cards. Quoted from the game’s rule booklet, "Each player, by playing his cards to the crossword layout in the center of the table, tries to play out his whole hand before any other player succeeds in doing so. Cards left in players' hands at the end of play in each deal are counted against them and the low score wins the game. As soon as one player reaches 100 points, the game ends and the player with the lowest score wins.” There are several game variations presented in the rule booklet — Crossword Lexicon, Lexicon, and Lexicon Solitaire — and several different alternatives for these card games can be played with this deck.
Crossword Lexicon is in good vintage condition, though it has a few tears to its box cover and the box bottom has been stamped with some sort of code with a few handwritten notations and old tape marks. However, neither box top nor its bottom has any split edges. The cards and rule booklet are in great condition. The card deck comprises 54 cards with different quantities of the 26 letters of the alphabet and two Master cards.
This fascinating and fun crossword puzzle card game, a precursor to the better-known tabletop game Scrabble, would be a great gift for an evening of family entertainment. It would also make for an excellent addition to a collector’s set of vintage games.