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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845285085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845285081
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vivien Hampshire was born and brought up in West London where she still lives and works. Although a 'scribbler' all her life, she has only been writing seriously since 1997, and now contributes women's fiction to a variety of UK magazines on a regular basis. She also writes extensively for early years professional magazines on all matters relating to working with children under the age of five, with a special interest in anything that encourages young children to enjoy stories, rhymes and simple poetry. Vivien runs creative writing workshops and courses, and gets great pleasure from seeing her students' work being published and paid for! As Rosie Kent, she has contributed several funny poems to children's poetry anthologies. She loves cats, sunshine and chocolate, and is an avid crossword puzzler, passing on her knowledge and love of solving cryptic crosswords through interactive crossword workshops and in the recently published book 'How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords'.

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This book is packed with all the know-how, hints and tricks you will ever need to help you find the right answers to cryptic crosswords every time.

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Author Vivien Hampshire developed a fascination for cryptic crosswords by the age of ten, and has never looked back. She now cracks at least one puzzle every day (the more challenging and devious the better), collects and analyses some of the cleverest clues, and leads crossword workshops to help others learn to solve them. Vivien lives in Middlesex with her partner, an elderly cat, and far too many dictionaries.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 30 Aug. 2012
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This guide really explains the different types of cryptic clue - how to spot them and solve them - in very clear terms, as well as telling the reader a little about the history of crosswords and the author's involvement with them. I especially liked the list of puzzles available in the national daily and Sunday press with their difficulty star ratings - an invaluable aid to point the new puzzler in the right direction, or to guide someone trying to progress up a level as their skills grow. Unlike some other similar books, this one is not bogged down with lots of actual crosswords, but really concentrates on individual clues and explaining how they are put together and how to crack them, with a chance to recap and practise along the way. Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ANDREW on 1 Feb. 2013
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An excellent grounding in the basics of cryptic crosswords. It contains lots of clues, most of which are tricky to difficult. Very good value for money. I believe the author has published a full length book on the subject which may be worth investigating. Highly recommended.
Andrew
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pirtoncat on 4 Jan. 2014
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Oh it's going to be a long journey before I can crack cryptic crosswords - this is a very good first start. Some helpful examples given, with good explanations of the answers. (Obvious when pointed out!) The book is well written and I felt it was holding my hand all the way through. It gave me a good insight into how to start solving these cryptic clues. This little e-book has given me the confidence to make a start - I even sat down with the Sunday Times crossword last week - it was not a total disaster. I definitely recommend this as a good starting point. Well written with interesting background and great value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony V on 22 Feb. 2014
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As book in 'hard copy' I would have been happy to have given this 4 or even 5 stars. In kindle format it doesn't preform to well.
However whilst the content is good and well set out, the inability to flick back and forward through the pages makes this ebook hard to work with. ( Yes I know you can scroll backwards and forwards but its not the same as just flicking pages )
If you are thinking of a book like this on Kindle think again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MRS A HALE on 19 Sept. 2013
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this book has helped me to understand the mysterious world of the the cryptic crossword hours and hours of fun
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Halpin on 8 Dec. 2013
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I wondered if I would find the book helpful before I bought it and took some time to decide to buy it,And overall I didn't! The areas covered seems thin compared to another book I have. Plus , although I knew beforehand I think it is a mistake to not include a series of actual crosswords to complete for more practice. I find lists of clues boring to do after a while. So I made a mistake it was not for me!
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This book is intelligently written and manages to take the reader through the minefield of mysterious clues in a simple step-by-step way that makes everything suddenly become clear! The separate chapters for each clue type make referring back easy, and I found the practice clues after each section provided a very helpful indicator that I really had 'got it' before moving on. A good all-round book and excellent value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emma will on 16 Sept. 2013
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well ordered and unfolding explanations of types of clue; gives a feeling of a child learning to walk! but it
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