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Puzzled: Secrets and clues from a life in words [Kindle Edition]

David Astle
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As a child, David Astle's hero was the Riddler. Figuring out brainteasers like 'Where is a man drowned but still not wet?' (quicksand) and 'How many sides has a circle?' (two - the inside and the outside) became an obsession and, eventually, his life: his cryptic crosswords now appear in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald every week, to the delight and frustration of thousands.

In Puzzled, Astle offers a helping hand to the perplexed and the infatuated alike, taking us on a personal tour into the secret life of words. Beginning with a Master Puzzle, he leads us through each of the clues, chapter by chapter, revealing the secrets of anagrams, double meanings, manipulations, spoonerisms and hybrid clues. More than a how-to manual and more than a memoir, Puzzled is a book for word junkies everywhere.

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A fascinating and cleverly original collection of brain-teasers into which we can all (including me!) dip with great pleasure. (Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse)

I used to regret not being born Catholic because it meant I'd been denied the joys of self-flagellation. Then I discovered DA and he solved my problem. (Bill Leak, cartoonist for The Australian (and anagram of Killable))

He's the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords. A complete mindf**k. (Geoffrey Rush, actor and anagram of 'Gruffy Heroes')

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A warm, funny and fascinating memoir told through a cryptic crossword

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1501 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846685427
  • Publisher: Profile Books (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M5SY8O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-have for crossword fans! 10 Jan. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is much more than a how-to on cryptic crosswords and it will a welcome addition to the library of any cruciverbalist. It isn't as 'pure' as Ximenes' wonderful 'The Art of the Crossword' but that is long out of print.

Instead the author takes us around the world and over his whole life and his never-ending love affair with the English language in general (although English is not his only language) and crosswords in particular.

I have been a crossword solver for more years than I care to recall and still learned a great deal from this excellent and reasonably-priced book; I would recommend it without a moment's hesitation to anyone who loves tthe challenge of an English cryptic crossword - whether tyro or expert.

Five stars and an enormous 'Thank you' to the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last word on crosswords? 22 Feb. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An enjoyable, fast-moving book that ranges a bit wider than crosswords alone. There's lots of good information and I have found my crossword solving to have improved somewhat. The author does a fairly good job of covering international differences in crossword setting, but inevitably from the perspective of one tradition (UK) not everything is relevant.
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