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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best cryptic crosswords produced in the US
If you've seen typical US-style crosswords, you may be surprised to see "US" and "cryptic crosswords" in the same sentence. But ever since some pioneering efforts from Stephen Sondheim in the 1960s, they have had some. Until the end of 2009, when some philistines at Atlantic Monthly finally killed off this series of puzzles, Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon produced what I'd...
Published on 13 Jan 2010 by Peter Biddlecombe

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3.0 out of 5 stars Atlantic cryptic crosswords
I chose the rating I did as i was a bit dissapointed. The book is on the large side and not easy to hold.I am relatively new to cryptic crosswords and this is not an easy book to get along with.
This could have been my fault for not appreciating the degree of difficulty etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Atlantic cryptic crosswords, 5 April 2013
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I chose the rating I did as i was a bit dissapointed. The book is on the large side and not easy to hold.I am relatively new to cryptic crosswords and this is not an easy book to get along with.
This could have been my fault for not appreciating the degree of difficulty etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best cryptic crosswords produced in the US, 13 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Atlantic Cryptic Crosswords, The (Spiral-bound)
If you've seen typical US-style crosswords, you may be surprised to see "US" and "cryptic crosswords" in the same sentence. But ever since some pioneering efforts from Stephen Sondheim in the 1960s, they have had some. Until the end of 2009, when some philistines at Atlantic Monthly finally killed off this series of puzzles, Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon produced what I'd count as the best American cryptics. They're "variety cryptics" as they call them over there, which means they use the same gimmicks as you'd find in the Listener, Spectator, Inquisitor or Enigmatic Variations puzzles. But they do not use the same obscure vocabulary - apart from some US cultural references, the vocabulary here is mostly everyday words. The difficulty of the clues and gimmicks is rather milder than the British puzzles too - they pretty much have to be, because US solvers don't get a choice of half a dozen high quality cryptic crosswords everyday to cut their solving teeth on. So the book starts off with a quick recap of cryptic crossword clue types - these are a bit more tightly controlled than in British cryptics, which also reduces the difficulty a bit.

Like many xwd books in the US, this uses ring binding so that it opens flat. The quality of the paper is very good - easily up to some rubbings out if you go horribly wrong. The puzzles in the book are selected from ones published between 1986 and 1997.

Good news added later - C&R were snapped up by the Wall Street Journal and now produce a similar cryptic there every four weeks - Google for "WSJ puzzles" to get free copies.
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