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The Times Listener Crossword Book 1: Bk. 1 Paperback – 2 Dec 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books (2 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007146329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007146321
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Listener Crossword has appeared in The Times every Saturday since March 1991, having previously appeared in the eponymous magazine.

The crossword is recognized as being one of the most fiendish around, requiring solvers to push beyond the boundaries of conventional solving skills.

Each of the 60 examples chosen for inclusion in this volume has an added twist, be it a literary connection, deliberately misspelt definitions or a mathematical conundrum, which, through the complete solving of the crossword, lead to the actual solution.

A full solution for each puzzle is given at the back of the book, complete with notes from Mike Rich, the compiling editor, as well as successful and defeated solvers, plus details of how many entrants completed the puzzle correctly.

The Listener Crossword has a devoted following, with an average of 500 to 600 entries sent in to the compiling editor every week. It is estimated that 2500 people per year send in completed entries but this doesn’t take into account the many thousands who attempt – but don’t complete – the puzzle in the newspaper.


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By gwensi on 9 April 2007
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As a cryptic-crossword solver I've been wanting to try the Listener for a while, and this book gave me the confidence to get started. It doesn't provide any help on how to solve the puzzles, but it does present the sixty puzzles in order of difficulty - from an 'easy' one that brought in thousands of entries to a fiendish one that brought in only 8 correct entries. Knowing you have a fighting chance with the early ones makes the whole thing much less daunting!
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The hardest crosswords you will find - nicely graded to turn the screw even harder as you work through the book
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