on 30 October 2012
Fun and a bit of a challenge are what most of us ask from crosswords, and this book has sixty jumbo-sized ones (clue in the title). Every now and then there is a truly obscure answer, like a Schubert song cycle in the original German, but most of the clues are straightforward and just a handful are testing: it's easy to write in `carrot' as the answer to `root vegetable' (6) and then be thrown by its turning out to be `turnip'. (No need for a spoiler alert - it may well have been the other way round. Or it may have been `potato'.) I thought the balance was just right.
on 2 August 2013
This version is a bit big for travelling but perfect for home use. There's a good mix of clues, some more challenging than others, and one or two where the sense/meaning is sometimes less obvious, but having the answers at the back does help to resolve this. For any crossword addict, this series would make a perfect gift.
on 1 March 2013
I bought this book of puzzles for my man, we are retired and find the long cold days when you cannot get out really long. We spent nearly one whole afternoon doing some of these puzzles, really difficult and very entertaining, we had the dictionary out more than once and it kept us old folk entertained for hours.