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Crosaire: 120 Crosswords from the Irish Times Paperback – 31 Aug 2009


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: O'Brien Press (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847171834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847171832
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Derek Crozier was born in Dublin in 1917 and began his working life with the Guinness Brewery. He and his wife Marjorie emigrated to Zimbabwe in the late 1940s and have lived there ever since. He farmed tobacco until 1963 and then taught English (he is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin) at St George's College until his retirement in 1989.

His involvement with the CROSAIRE Crossword began in 1943 when the then editor of the Irish Times accepted his proposal for a weekly crossword in the paper. The first crossword was published on 13 March 1943. Because of its growing popularity, the Crosaire gradually began to appear more frequently, reaching its daily status in 1982, a position that it still holds today.

Over the fifty years of its publication CROSAIRE has become an Irish institution, attracting a huge and loyal following for whom no day would be complete without its mental stimulation, and often frustration. Derek Crozier remarks that 'It's splendid to think that there are people who from time to time would love to wring my neck.'


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By Fred Williams on 23 Dec. 2014
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As infuriatingly enjoyable as they always were in the Irish Times, but I'd prefer not to have the answers at the back of the book. It may take me a couple of two-hour sessions over two or three days, but I can solve each one without having to sneak to the back.
What's the point otherwise? I think this man has some sort of mental disorder, but thank goodness it was never put right.
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By cric on 4 Feb. 2013
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Excellent cryptic crosswords - but with an Irish twist, so some knowledge of Irish history, culture etc. will be required.
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