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Solving Cryptic Crosswords: How to Crack Those Cryptic Clues [Paperback]

B.J. Holmes
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23 Sep 2003
It explains how to understand the secret codes that are in every cryptic crossword clue and shows you how to analyse, break down and solve the parts of any clue. The book is packed with worked examples, hundreds of clues for you to tackle and a mini crossword dictionary to help you solve even the toughest cryptic clue.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 2Rev Ed edition (23 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747566437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747566434
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,943,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

B J Holmes (Bryan or BJ to his friends) wrote westerns under his own name and also five pen-names: Ethan Wall, Charles Langley Hayes, Sean Kennedy, Jack Darby and J William Allen.
Of his fifty books, eleven so far have been, or are being, re-issued as e-books. Alongside the Piccadilly entries (Shatterhand and Reaper series) publishers Robert Hale have issued his GUNSMOKE IN VEGAS as an e-book which is now available on Amazon under his J WILLIAM ALLEN nom-de-plume.
"The VEGAS book is the closest I ever got to a movie," BJ says, "when the president of a US state Film Commission - out of the blue - got in touch, expressing an interest in it. Discussion got as far as mentioning the word "screenplay" and, ignorant at the time of the concept of 'development hell', I reckoned I was at least one step up the magic ladder (albeit a very long ladder). So for a short time I was cock-a-hoop. But it was only to be for a short time - the matter suddenly went cold and the project didn't materialise. Heigh-ho, that's the way the cookie crumbles."
"Anyway a hefty bit of research - history, geography - had gone into it," he went on, "because I had set it in the Las Vegas of long ago - which as far as I know hadn't been done before. Nowadays we associate the place with gambling and gangsters but at the time of my story it was still just an out-of-the-way watering hole, known variously as Vegas Springs or The Meadows, whose actual whereabouts were still little known."
"Remains of the early settlement are there to this day as an historical exhibit just out of town. but of the many people I know who have holidayed in Las Vegas none have visited the site. Don't blame 'em, really - folk go there for the bright lights - not a history lesson! Anyway, readers can decide for themselves whether or not GUNSMOKE IN VEGAS would have made a good movie."

Up-dates on the author can be found on the PICCADILLY PUBLISHING website* while ADAM WRIGHT's BLACK HORSE WESTERN site** carries an extended interview (including a not-very-complimentary caricature of him as an obnoxious sheriff, done of him by one of his students). Incidentally, the latter interview also reveals how, late in life, the author happened to become for a short time a "crossword guru" (as one newspaper hyperbolically called him) with a handful of books emerging under the Bloomsbury, Collin and A & C Black labels. "I was particularly proud of the crossword dictionary which, with the 2nd edition and my adding to it daily, had taken eleven years to complete - about the same time it took Samuel Johnson to finish his dictionary - but he had an army of helpers!"

And next .... in the pipeline from Piccadilly......HEAD WEST, the first comprehensive collection of all the writer's western short stories published over a span of thirty years.

*www.piccadillypublishing.org/authors.html
**website.lineone.net/~adam_and_lynne/bjholmesinterview.html‎)


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'If you want to introduce a friend or relative to cryptic crosswords, then buy them this chatty and down-to earth primer which explains all aspects of solving' 1 Across

About the Author

B. J. Holmes has published more than 20 novels, as well as articles for academic journals, and teaches creative writing. He is fascinated with word puzzles of all sorts.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a Cross Word 29 Jan 2009
By M. Kaye
Format:Paperback
I always struggled with Cryptic Crossword puzzles. Then i bought this book. After 50 pages I could complete at least 30% of the clues in the next crossword i tried. The only book, apart from a dictionary of course, that you will need to solve cryptic crosswords.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cryptic 10 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed doing these crosswords. Really helped me to get started I always thought the clues were gibberish but now I have the rules to help me.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good 19 Dec 2012
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none required. i dont want to be bothered writing drivel when none is needed. wont a 4 star be enough
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