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Chambers Complete Crossword Companion: Book Hardcover – 6 Dec 2013

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  • Hardcover: 1920 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers (6 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471801683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471801686
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 5.7 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The treasure-trove for crossword lovers

About the Author

Chambers is one of the world's most respected reference publishers, appealing particularly to word lovers and those who revel in the power and quirkiness of language.

Its extensive list of innovative language and reference titles includes Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, the Chambers Biographical Dictionary, and of course The Chambers Dictionary, now approaching its thirteenth edition.


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By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2014
First, I need to point out that the description of this book above is inaccurate - it correctly states that the book includes much of the Chambers Crossword Manual and Crossword Lists, but then suggests that the remainder of the book is some form of cross-reference to match horizontal answers with crossing letters, which sounds like the Chambers Crossword Completer. This is not the case...

The introduction to the book is indeed a selection of advice and puzzles from the Chambers Crossword Manual - a little puzzling as an inclusion in a reference book, but probably worthwhile for beginners. The remainder of the book consists of the excellent Chambers Crossword Dictionary combined with Chambers Crossword Lists, with categories from both merged together in alphabetical order.

I've been solving advanced cryptics (such as The Listener) for 10 years now, and, while Bradford's Crossword Dictionary was the reference of choice when I started, I now find I seldom open it - Chambers Crossword Dictionary has become far more useful in the recent editions, and this enormous tome is the most useful version yet. Thousands of categories, each with a list of relevant words organised by length and then alphabetically, drawn from the corpus of the Chambers Dictionary. It's the ultimate solver's tool. Also, for those of us with OCD, it's now the same size and design as the Chambers Dictionary itself, so looks perfect next to it on the bookcase.

If you occasionally need help with the stickier parts of crosswords, I'd recommend this without reservation; it's easily the best tool for the job.
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Having used the earlier Chambers Crossword Dictionary for a few years, I decided to purchase this more comprehensive version, renamed and extended as a Crossword Companion, as soon as I saw it advertised. The book is logically arranged and it is generally easy to find what one is looking for - if it exists - even a book of this size can't contain everything you may want, but it is fairly comprehensive! As a bonus, there is a short section at the front of the book on crossword solving which many, particularly newcomers, may find useful particularly in getting started on cryptic crosswords. The book is of a similar quality and style to the companion volumes, the Chambers Dictionary and Chambers Thesaurus which also sit on my bookshelf and are constant reference points. Highly recommended.
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The first attempt to deliver this book promptly went astray and the packaging was destroyed by our local donkeys, and the book itself badly damaged. However on hearing this another book was dispatched immediately, and arrived in perfect condition. A brilliat service and a very good crossword companion
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I thought this would have at least as much content as the older version, but it lacks the odd/even words in that version. It may have more detail in the main body (e.g. more names ofartists and their dates and country), but it is all more confusing for that.
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