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The Hidden Code of Cryptic Crosswords by Francois Greeff
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By reading this new book the complete novice will find plenty of good
advice on how to go about getting started on solving cryptic crosswords. In
breaking down and examining the words that are used in example clues, the
author gives insights into how to arrive at correct answers with a fresh
After a very few hours with this book most people should be able to start
filling in answers to the puzzles found in most magazines and newspapers
with confidence... the pleasure of understanding a new language fully
The Hidden Code of Cryptic Crosswords by Francois Greeff
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you are totally baffled by cryptic crosswords, and irritated that other people can whizz through them, here at last is a book that cracks open the code. With clever use of underlining and italics, this book unscrambles and demystifies hundreds, if not thousands of fiendish clues. It also explains many of the tricks of the trade; for example there are reams of words like chewed, drunken and rebuilt which indicate you've got to mix up the letters you are given and make an anagram. Love usually means 0 (like in tennis), five usually means you need a V (like the Roman numeral) while Loud often indicates ff (from the musical notation for forte). Very clear and authorative for beginners or old… Read more