How to solve cryptic crosswords - tutorial books

A Listmania! list by Peter Biddlecombe "peterbiddlecombe" (Bucks, UK)
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How to Master The Times Crossword: The Times Cryptic Crossword Demystified
1.  How to Master The Times Crossword: The Times Cryptic Crossword Demystified by Tim Moorey
The list author says:
  "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."
£9.09   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Chambers Crossword Manual
2.  Chambers Crossword Manual by Don Manley
The list author says:
  "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."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Daily Telegraph  How to Crack a Cryptic Crossw
3.  The Daily Telegraph How to Crack a Cryptic Crossw by Val Gilbert
The list author says:
  "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."
£5.59   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the "Guardian" Crossword
4.  Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the "Guardian" Crossword by Hugh Stephenson
The list author says:
  "Guardian-based guide by their xwd editor - not 100% accurate on technicalities, but fun to read"
£8.28   Used & New from: £0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Chambers Cryptic Crosswords and How to Solve Them
5.  Chambers Cryptic Crosswords and How to Solve Them by Michael Kindred
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords
6.  How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords by Kevin Skinner
The list author says:
  "Again one which I don’t own but I believe does a sound job."
£4.79   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Solving Cryptic Crosswords the Easy Way
7.  Solving Cryptic Crosswords the Easy Way by Ian D. Walker
The list author says:
  "Possibly aimed at solvers in South Africa - I haven't seen a copy."
Used & New from: £24.75

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Beginner's Guide to Cryptic Crosswords: How to Interpret and Solve Crossword Clues
8.  Beginner's Guide to Cryptic Crosswords: How to Interpret and Solve Crossword Clues by James A. Coleman
The list author says:
  "Reissue of a guide written in 1989.  OK but a bit outdated."
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Decoding Cryptic Crosswords: A Step-by-step Guide
9.  Decoding Cryptic Crosswords: A Step-by-step Guide by Ged O'Connell
The list author says:
  "A decent guide written by a solver - example puzzles and clues aren't so good."
£7.98   Used & New from: £2.23
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Cracking Cryptic Crosswords
10.  Cracking Cryptic Crosswords by Colin Dexter
The list author says:
  "Recent (2009) book by expert clue-writer Colin Dexter.  Short and quite useful, but could have been a lot better."
£6.24   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

A Crash Course in Cracking Cryptic Crosswords
11.  A Crash Course in Cracking Cryptic Crosswords by Michael Rich
The list author says:
  "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."
£8.83   Used & New from: £0.01

Solving Cryptic Crosswords: How to Crack Those Cryptic Clues
12.  Solving Cryptic Crosswords: How to Crack Those Cryptic Clues by B.J. Holmes
The list author says:
  "I don't own this but its sole Amazon reviewer likes it."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Hidden Code of Cryptic Crosswords
13.  The Hidden Code of Cryptic Crosswords by Francois Greeff
The list author says:
  "Of the ones I own, this is the least helpful - see my review for the reasons."
£6.75   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Peter Biddlecombe "peterbiddlecombe" (Bucks, UK)
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Qualifications: Solver since late 1970s, Times Crossword Championship Winner
Last updated: 15/04/2010
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