A professor of classics and a masterful puzzle writer have concocted the challenges in this collection of crosswords for anyone interested in testing that residual bit of school-day Latin or in making play of the improvement of language skills. While the clues to the puzzles in this volume appear in English, the answers are Latin. The questions vary not only in theme-ancient history, culture, language, or general knowledge-but also in type, from the straightforward to the cryptic and humorous. So if you're looking for a three-letter word meaning "here" and "sounding drunk," your answer is hic. And what could "the existing condition of one very old rock group" be but Status Quo? Like Omnia Gallia, the book is divided into three parts ranging in difficulty. The first two sections offer crosswords that will prove gratifyingly solvable even if your Latin stands at the amo, amas, amat or veni, vidi, vici level. But if you're looking for puzzles that push the envelope of your Latin linguistic quick-wittedness, section three is guaranteed to meet your expectations.
About the Author
Peter Jones was a senior lecturer in Classics who published the best-selling Reading Latin and Reading Ancient Greek and now writes regularly for The Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Spectator, as well as beginning a new series on Radio Four. David Dare-Plumpton has an MA in Classics and is a regular compiler of crosswords for the national press.