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Denise Sutherland
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13 Nov 2012 For Dummies
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.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Csm edition (13 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118305256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118305256
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Master the cryptic crossword at any difficulty level Even experienced crossword solvers struggle with cryptics. Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies helps all crossword lovers — from casual to expert — master the feats of mental gymnastics required to conquer these puzzles. Packed with clear explanations, helpful hints and practice grids, this book explains how to approach cryptic crosswords in a clear and logical manner. Learn the basics — discover how to decipher the common types of cryptic clues Find hidden messages with ease — become a master at uncovering disguised solutions Understand the importance of anagrams — find out how to decode anagram clues Put your new–found skills to use — test yourself with plenty of practice puzzles covering all difficulty levels Incorporate letter–gathering — decipher abbreviations and other bits and pieces Explore different international puzzles — understand the variations in puzzles from around the globe Open the book and find: Information on the mental benefits of solving cryptic crosswords Tips on how to identify different kinds of clues Worked examples and clear explanations Practice clues and grids for all levels of experience Hints to help you on your way if you′re stuck Reference lists to help you decipher the cryptic code Learn to: Solve different kinds of cryptic crossword clues Graduate from easy to medium to difficult cryptic crosswords Keep your brain fit and healthy Complete cryptic crosswords with confidence!

About the Author

Denise Sutherland is a syndicated puzzle author. Her crosswords, word searches and other puzzles appear in a range of publications around the world, and she has written many puzzle books, including Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies and Word Searches For Dummies .

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost there but too patchy! 29 Jan 2013
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The teaching parts are OK, but the example crosswords in the teaching section vary too much in difficulty for teaching. The explanations of the clues for the training crosswords is incomplete, only covers some clues and is very brief. Why go halfway and not complete the job. Disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide 14 July 2013
By JenO - Published on Amazon.com
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I was surprised and extremely pleased to find this guide. She provides numerous examples of each type of clue, practice crosswords with simple examples, and a generous assortment of complete puzzles. There are a few errata listed on her website but, aside from causing me several minutes of confusion, they don't detract at all from it. I highly recommend this book! (I'm not sure if I can post a url in a review but if you search on her name and the book title you are sure to find it)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good fun 2 April 2013
By nan desantis - Published on Amazon.com
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love cryptic crosswords. Bought this for a friend who wanted to learn about these puzzles, and this will be helpful.
Thanks for the prompt delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Puzzles! 2 Feb 2013
By Kerrabella - Published on Amazon.com
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Whoops. I was reviewing the author's other book, Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies and I accidently posted it here, so that's the book I bought - AND really like. Apparently it's very similar to this one, but as this one is for total newbies, it has more pages because she gives a lot of examples and even has sample puzzles.
But since I'm here, let me just say that I really like this author's style of clue writing. Her clues are smooth and creative, not awkward and clumsy like some. If you're brand new to cryptic crosswords, then I'm sure you'll love this book. If you're fairly experienced, then you only need the one I bought that I referenced above. You can read my longer review there.
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