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Times Cryptic Crossword Book 14 [Paperback]

The Times Mind Games
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7 Jan 2010 Times Cryptic Crossword (Book 14)

The Times Crossword is the most famous crossword in the world. Tease your brain with this superb collection of puzzles which have been compiled by the Editor of The Times Crossword to test your word power skills.

This collection of 80 cryptic puzzles will test your word power to its full.

Bend your brain by lateral thought, test your linguistic prowess or simply switch off for a moment or two and see why The Times crossword has become, quite deservedly, the world's most famous crossword.

Continuing the enormous success of previous titles in the series - and sporting an eye-catching redesign - The Times Crossword Book 14 will be eagerly snapped up by crossword aficionados everywhere.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007319290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007319299
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Times is a British daily national newspaper, first published in London in 1785. A daily cryptic crossword is published in the main newspaper, and the Mind Games section in the Times2 supplement contains sudoku, Killer Sudoku, KenKen, word polygon puzzles, and a quick crossword.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great puzzles, well presented 7 Jan 2010
By Peter Biddlecombe TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Most of this review applies to any book in this series, and if you've read my previous reviews of books in this series, there is little new except in the first two paragraphs. This volume has the new cover style for Times xwd books and mercifully avoids the common xwd book howler where the grid on the cover is one that couldn't possibly appear inside the book. It also corrects the slip-up in volume 13 where the "beginner's guide" puzzle was a different one from the one whose answers were explained on the next page.

The 80 puzzles in this collection appeared in 2006, and it includes the nine puzzles used in the reinstated Times Crossword Championship (puzzles 70-79, including tie-breaker which wasn't needed). The introduction briefly describes the championship and also names the setters whose puzzles are used, though individual puzzles are anonymous, as in the paper, except for former xwd ed John Grant's last puzzle.

The crosswords are the main point of the book and the main point of a daily paper cryptic is the quality of the clues. If you're after lots of contemporary culture or thematic puzzles you won't find them here, but for entertainingly deceptive but fair clues, the Times crossword is as good as any cryptic crossword on the planet and streets ahead of many.

What's lacking, as in many crossword books, is explanations of answers. The Times puzzle sometimes uses quite difficult "general knowledge" or subtle wordplay, and it would be possible to identify some of this and add a few explanations to the solution grids. That's my reason for awarding four stars rather than five.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Times Cryptic 25 Jan 2010
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I can't agree with Pete Biddlecombe; - "The Times crosswords" always have to be a bit more "cryptic" than their competitors to go with their reputation as "THE" crossword. However, using abbreviations that don't exist in the dictionary, grammar and parts of speech that are, shall we say dubious, weird names of plants,religious knowledge, daft anagram indicators and incongruous "wordplay" serves to annoy and frustrate rather than to entertain. The Guardian setters have more of a "feel" for the proper rules of crosswords and are better at it. The Times, no doubt, will suit the Oxford scholar of the 1930's who thinks a certain way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 20 July 2013
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The Times has had some of the best cryptic crosswords for a long time so a book by them is always going to be a delight.
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