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The Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword Book 1: Bk. 1 [Paperback]

Edmund Akenhead
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1 July 2002 Crossword

A reissue of the first Times jumbo crossword book, originally published in 1985 and including the initial 50 jumbo crosswords. This supremely fiendish collection is conceived to vex your wits and baffle your brain.

The Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword Book 1 is a reissue of the The Times Book of Jumbo Crosswords, originally published in 1985.

The Times Jumbo Crossword was invented in 1970 by Edmund Akenhead, who put together this first compilation of over 50 crosswords. Initially published just four times a year on bank holidays, since 1997 the crossword has appeared on a weekly basis.

Each crossword is based on a 27 by 27 square grid, complete with over 70 fiendish cryptic clues, and solutions which take the form of single words and whole phrases, some of them filling the entire width or height of the grid.

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


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007147155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007147151
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,441,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late Roy Dean, retired diplomat, and frequent winner of The Times National Crossword Championships also left these words as his own tribute to the author of The Times Jumbo Crosswords – "What elephantine elegance, what breadth of erudition, what excitement, as the solver is led on from Shakespeare to Shaw, from the Bible to Brewer, from ancient Greece to modern science, until the onset of writer's cramp forces the pen from his fingers. How fitting that the name of Akenhead can be clued as 'a knowledge master.'”

Included in a special Observer supplement entitled "The Experts' Expert – Crossword Compilers" – Eric Chalkley (best known as 'Apex'), the senior critic said, 'Although I am basically an Ximenian, I always enjoy solving The Times crosswords, but as they don't name the setter I don't know who to recommend. However, the Times Jumbo Book of Crosswords by Edmund Akenhead, is a little masterpiece.'

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'The Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword Book 1' is a reissue of 'The Times Book of Jumbo Crosswords', originally published in 1985.

'The Times' Jumbo Crossword was invented in 1970 by Edmund Akenhead, who put together this first compilation of over 50 crosswords. Initially published just four times a year on bank holidays, since 1997 the crossword has appeared on a weekly basis.

Each crossword is based on a 27 by 27 square grid, complete with over 70 fiendish cryptic clues, and solutions which take the form of single words and whole phrases, some of them filling the entire width or height of the grid.

'The Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword Book 1' is being reissued at the same time as Books 2 and 3, as well as the brand-new 'The Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword Book 4', providing a published record of every jumbo crossword printed in 'The Times'.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Times Book 1T 20 Aug 2011
By brooke1
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This Crossword Book arrived with the first puzzle partly completed. Not Good!
Should have been checked or mentioned in sales.
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