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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and fun, 31 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword 11 (Crosswords) (Paperback)
This book kept my girlfriend and me happily occupied for hours. The larger format means that some longer answers (eg 23 letters long) are possible, with some ingenious definitions and anagrams of words and expressions. (I just love those multi-word answers!) The occasional answer is easy but most require some lateral thinking. There are a few words we would never get, and sometimes we had to resort to the dictionary to see if the word really exists. Sometimes we got the answer but then had to work out why it was correct, with some tortuous mental gymnastics. If you like cryptic crosswords, we recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jeremiad, 14 Sep 2014
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In my view it is not a proper Jumbo, only 23 x 23 and not 27 x 27 which is the real Daddy Jumbo. They are still quite good though the print looks a bit cheapskate. The reason one doesn't see larger Jumbos is that there is a clever - but expensive - computer program (one can buy) with grids up to 23 x 23 with which one gets the grid and on pressing Return the grid is filled. You can imagine how much quicker it is to produce such a cryptic. Also, if, for example, a corner of it is too erudite (eg, scientific uses), one can delete and by Return get another sample for the corner. This is why one does not find proper Jumbos (27 x 27), but it does not mean that cryptics of even minimum grid (15 x15 ) cannot be very enjoyable but there are never enough with four 15-letter answers (particularly perimeter 15s). One has to be flexible and realise that clueing a cryptic is not easy but, my opiniion is that setters should never be pedantic (with very tenuous links), unless the crossword is famed for its pedantry. An example is furnished by 1. Across of this week's Sunday Times 23 x 23: "Twenty-eight countries, typically crude oil producers" (9). My assist is: the anagram indicator (mixer) is deliciously clever, though it opens with pedantry. I suppose we should thank the Times for producing a 23 x 23, but they really should eschew the pedantry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 31 Oct 2013
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These are always good value with a nice mix of fairly easy to quite tricky Keeps me out of mischief..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crossword, 17 Feb 2013
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How could any say anything about a "classic" endless hours of fun trying to puzzle out the answers-- a wee stoater.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good, 10 Dec 2012
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Gift for son in law, he is a big Cryptic Crossword fan, and really loves this book - even takes it to work with him
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps my mind going. When is the next one ..., 19 Sep 2014
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Keeps my mind going. When is the next one?
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Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword 11 (Crosswords) by The Times Mind Games (Paperback - 26 April 2012)
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