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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-have for crossword fans!, 10 Jan. 2013
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This book is much more than a how-to on cryptic crosswords and it will a welcome addition to the library of any cruciverbalist. It isn't as 'pure' as Ximenes' wonderful 'The Art of the Crossword' but that is long out of print.

Instead the author takes us around the world and over his whole life and his never-ending love affair with the English language in general (although English is not his only language) and crosswords in particular.

I have been a crossword solver for more years than I care to recall and still learned a great deal from this excellent and reasonably-priced book; I would recommend it without a moment's hesitation to anyone who loves tthe challenge of an English cryptic crossword - whether tyro or expert.

Five stars and an enormous 'Thank you' to the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last word on crosswords?, 22 Feb. 2013
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An enjoyable, fast-moving book that ranges a bit wider than crosswords alone. There's lots of good information and I have found my crossword solving to have improved somewhat. The author does a fairly good job of covering international differences in crossword setting, but inevitably from the perspective of one tradition (UK) not everything is relevant.
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