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The Sunday Times Mephisto Crossword Book 1: Bk. 1 Paperback – 9 Sep 2011


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books (9 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007165331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007165339
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Biddlecombe VINE VOICE on 15 April 2010
These are difficult crosswords for which you will need a copy of The Chambers Dictionary. It's the use of difficult vocabulary and wordplay that makes the puzzles difficult, not (as the product description claims) the absence of black squares in the grid - barred grids as used in these puzzles are actually EASIER than blocked grids.

The Mephisto puzzle has been around for close to 50 years (the latest one as I write this (April 2010) is No. 2589), and is a rival to the similar puzzle in the Observer (currently Azed, previously Ximenes). There are two important differences between the two puzzles at present. First, the Mephisto puzzles are hardly ever "specials", so you won't get Printer's Devilry or definition and letter mixture clues to deal with. You sometimes get little themes in the grids, and one such theme applies to the first 26 puzzles in this book. Secondly, there are three Mephistos as opposed to one Azed. For me, this adds to the difficulty of Mephisto - you don't get the same chance to get used to one setter's way of thinking.

But only one of these differences affects this book - all the puzzles in it are written by Mike Laws, one of the three - the others are Tim Moorey and Paul McKenna. Except for Paul replacing Chris Feetenby a year or two ago, these three have been in place since Richard Whitelegg died in 1995. He in turn replaced Richard Kilner in 1973. So the second book we now need is one with puzzles from the other setters.

The puzzles are clearly laid out in 2-page spreads with large grids. One disappointment is that except for the odd clue in about half a dozen puzzles, there are no solution notes - just the solution grid.
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By jo on 29 Dec. 2012
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I have waited for years to be able to buy the Mephisto crosswords without having to buy the Sunday Times. Excellent crosswords which require intelligence, knowledge and lots of thought.
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By H Taylor on 28 Mar. 2013
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A very pleasant book with puzzles which require lot of knowledge but I use my Thesaurus and spellchecker. It gives me a lot of facts which I would never have searched for.
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By FREDERICK D BARNES on 9 Jan. 2015
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tough but great!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Hinchliffe on 10 Oct. 2009
Every page of this slim volume presents the same format initially,however once the reference books are gathered and the pencils sharpened each page then presents its own devilish detail and the battle begins.As my neighbour says 'I don't understand any of it and when I see the answers I still don't understand many of them' Therein lies the beauty for the aficianado. Roll on volume two!
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