A beautiful-designed celebratory gift book, The Daily Telegraph 80 Years of Cryptic Crosswords is a unique collectors edition. Since the first ever cryptic crossword was published on 30 July 1925, this diurnal puzzle has been challenging, infuriating and entertaining thousands of readers. Notoriously addictive, these crosswords are a unique testament to the development of the English language as well as the Telegraph newspaper. Beginning with the very first crossword and ending with a specially created puzzle for 2005, the anniversary edition interweaves 80 crosswords with history, narrative and anecdote. Readers can discover the origin of their favourite puzzle, chart its development across and beyond the 20th century, read interesting facts about language and censorship particularly during WW II and the Cold War and pit their wits against eight decades of expert crossword setters.
About the Author
Val Gilbert has been Crossword Editor at the Telegraph since 1977. Away from the newspaper, Val is the compiler of The Daily Telegraph quick and cryptic crossword books, The Sunday Telegraph quick and cryptic titles, and The Sunday Telegraph General Knowledge Crossword series, all published by Pan Macmillan. Her expertise and inside knowledge was passed on to crossword addicts in How to Crack a Cryptic Crossword , published in 2001.