Those of us old enough to remember Ximenes' crosswords in The Observer will certainly appreciate how superbly his role was taken over by Azed as far back as 1972, and still going strong. The Chambers Book of Azed Crosswords is designed for those who simply cannot wait a whole week for their crossword fix but need to move to the next as soon as the brain has recovered from the extreme pressure put upon it by the puzzle just completed.
The book contains 100 puzzles; 85 of them are laughingly called 'plain', meaning that the clues are straightforward(!) cryptic ones. The remaining 15 puzzles are a variety of specials, in which a multitude of variations on the standard puzzle serve to… Read more