The cryptic crossword world…explained Even expert crossword–solvers struggle with cryptics. The clues can often seem nonsensical, mysterious and infuriating, but finally cracking them is immensely satisfying. Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies is designed to help even the most casual crossword lover master these mental feats of gymnastics. Packed with clear explanations, helpful hints, and practice crosswords, the book explains how to approach these problems in a clear and logical manner, providing hints on identifying the different kinds of clues and tips on how to solve them. Using worked examples and clear explanations, the book guides the reader through the common and not–so–common clues that can be used to decipher even the most confusing cryptics, and includes practice puzzles to put your new skills to the test. Introduces and explains cryptic crosswords, from the (relatively) simple to the advanced Illustrates the top tips, tricks, and clues to cracking any cryptic through worked examples Covers both Commonwealth and U.S.–style cryptics, and explains the subtle differences between them Provides plenty of practice crosswords for all levels of difficulty Cryptic crosswords have emerged as one of today′s most popular brainteasers, and Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies is the one–stop resource for becoming a puzzle pro.
Denise Sutherland was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1964. She has always been fascinated with puzzles, and started to teach herself how to write them as a child. Murder mysteries, non-fiction, and comedies are her favourite genres.
"Word Searches for Dummies" was her first Dummies title, followed by "Cracking Codes and Cryptograms for Dummies". She is currently writing "Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies", were released in August 2012.
Denise was born with hip dysplasia, and in 2011 she and her co-author, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sophie West (also a sufferer) published "A Guide for Adults with Hip Dysplasia", the first book ever written for adults with this difficult condition.
Denise has also written five themed puzzle books, including "The Fantastic Flying Doctors' Puzzle Book" and "The Canberra Puzzle Book", which covers the history and heritage of Australia's capital city.
Denise lives in Canberra, Australia with her astrophysicist husband "Dr Ralph", their two grown-up children, and two chihuahuas. She is an obsessed knitter, and has free knitting patterns that feature crosswords on her web site.
She has a degree in graphic design, is a trained indexer, and also studied biological sciences at the Australian National University. She has worked as a lab technician, graphic designer, illustrator, editor, artist, and web designer.