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National Puzzlers' League Cryptic Crosswords Spiral-bound – 8 Nov 2005


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x904a306c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x9049e60c) out of 5 stars The best cryptics anywhere 25 Nov. 2007
By Bryan Higgins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Collected from "The Enigma," the monthly publication of the National Puzzlers' League, these puzzles, from many different constructors, all conform to the League's high standards of fairness and accuracy. Solvers used to the puzzles in "Harper's" and "The Atlantic Monthly" will feel right at home here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9049de28) out of 5 stars no need to buy 4 Mar. 2012
By ibex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
There is no need to buy this book. You can get the entire book for free online on the National Puzzlers' League website in pdf format.
HASH(0x90453fcc) out of 5 stars but probably beyond the level that a beginner would comfortably enjoy. (A beginner would do well to get ... 17 Dec. 2014
By Daz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a collection of cryptic crosswords written by members of the National Puzzlers' League and expertly edited by Kosman and Picciotto for publication in that organization's monthly puzzle magazine, The Enigma.

These are very well done, but probably beyond the level that a beginner would comfortably enjoy. (A beginner would do well to get a copy of Cox & Rathvon's "Handbook of Cryptic Crosswords".) They also are "variety" cryptics, meaning that in addition to the cryptic-style clues, there is an additional "gimmick" the solver must suss out and use to solve the puzzle completely. The puzzle will describe a pointer to the kind of gimmick used.

Every clue is a clever little puzzle in its own right, so cryptics give a special feeling of exhilaration as they are solved.
HASH(0x9049c8f4) out of 5 stars toughest American-style cryptics book I've found 22 Nov. 2008
By West Coast Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Great book! Most of the cryptics are bar-style (variety); a few are black-and-white. The creativity of the constructors is mind-blowing. The puzzles are considerably more difficult than those in Harper's and The Atlantic. (There were a couple I couldn't finish, and that never happens to me with Harper's/Atlantic.) I sure hope that this is volume 1 and that more volumes are ahead.
HASH(0x904a4cf0) out of 5 stars Expert Level! 21 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
These are not cryptics for the beginner, nor for the faint of heart. Puzzles constructed by cruciverbalists for cruciverbalists! But if a good, fair challenge is your thing, it's a great set of puzzles. [Makes me miss the Tough Cryptics magazine.]
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