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How to solve cryptic crosswords - tutorial books
Peter Biddlecombe "peterbiddlecombe"
How to Master The Times Crossword: The Times Cryptic Crossword Demystified
"Listed first as it's the best guide for learning how to solve daily paper cryptics. Most of the tips apply to all cryptics, not just the Times."
Chambers Crossword Manual
"Less detailed than Moorey and others on how to solve, but tells you how to set and edit puzzles, and covers barred-grid cryptics too."
The Daily Telegraph How to Crack a Cryptic Crossw
"A guide by Val Gilbert, former Daily Telegraph crossword editor - I don't own it but it looked very sensible when last seen in a bookshop."
Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the "Guardian" Crossword
"Guardian-based guide by their xwd editor - not 100% accurate on technicalities, but fun to read"
Chambers Cryptic Crosswords and How to Solve Them
"I don’t own this but I believe does a sound job. Both authors have set Listener puzzles, and Knight is “Mordred” in current Independent puzzles."
How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords
"Again one which I don’t own but I believe does a sound job."
Solving Cryptic Crosswords the Easy Way
"Possibly aimed at solvers in South Africa - I haven't seen a copy."
Beginner's Guide to Cryptic Crosswords: How to Interpret and Solve Crossword Clues
"Reissue of a guide written in 1989. OK but a bit outdated."
Decoding Cryptic Crosswords: A Step-by-step Guide
"A decent guide written by a solver - example puzzles and clues aren't so good."
Cracking Cryptic Crosswords
"Recent (2009) book by expert clue-writer Colin Dexter. Short and quite useful, but could have been a lot better."
A Crash Course in Cracking Cryptic Crosswords
"I don't have this one, but MCC Rich, who wrote the introduction, knew his cryptic crosswords well enough to edit the Listener puzzle so is unlikely to have contributed to a bad book."
Solving Cryptic Crosswords: How to Crack Those Cryptic Clues
"I don't own this but its sole Amazon reviewer likes it."
The Hidden Code of Cryptic Crosswords
"Of the ones I own, this is the least helpful - see my review for the reasons."
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