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The Times Jumbo Crossword Collection ("Times" Books) [Paperback]

The Times
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4 Oct 2004 "Times" Books

Vex your wits and baffle your brain with The Times Jumbo Crossword Collection. Containing 110 large cryptic crosswords originally published in the newspaper between 1996 and 1999, these puzzles will challenge even the most ardent of enthusiasts.

The first Jumbo crossword appeared for Christmas 1970. It was compiled by Edmund Akenhead who made the original choice of a 27 by 27 grid, as used in all the crosswords in this selection. Originally published for Bank Holidays, the Jumbo Crossword became a weekly publication in 1997.

The Jumbo is not simply a larger version of the daily Times cryptic crossword. These puzzles will really push you to go that extra step with greater clueing possibilities necessitated by the increased length of the words, titles,quotations and phrases needed to complete the gird.

Test your linguistic prowess to its limit and give your brain the workout it has been waiting for.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007191367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007191369
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars the best 10 Jun 2009
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This is, apart from Araucaria's "Monkey Puzzles" collection, my all time favourite crossword book.
The format is twenty seven by twenty seven and is therefore large enough for quite lengthy quotations and proverbs. Alas, The Times has seen fit to reduce the format in recent years which to my mind is a pity.
However, I must come clean here and own up to not being a very proficient solver of The Times crosswords - I rarely finish one!!
But that doesn't dampen my enthusiasm.
This particular collection gave me many hours of fun and I recommend it whole heartedly to all fellow solvers. A must.
However, I have to agree with a reviewer of another of the books in the series: there really should be some sort of explanation for the solutions. On many occasions one manages to solve a clue only to be totally mystified by the lack of any apparent reason for such a solution.
I know it would be unusual within the conventions of crossword setting but it would be most helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jumbo crossword 6 Oct 2013
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Our friends asked us to order this product via Amazon as they do lots of crosswords feed back is good product good delivery reasonable price and they will spend many hours hopefully enjoying the experience doing the many crosswords in the book.
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