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A good accessible introduction.,
This review is from: Chambers Cryptic Crosswords and How to Solve Them (Paperback)This book consists of all the ingredients you'd expect from a 'how to solve' book, such as an explanation of clue types and devices, practical advice on solving, and common abbreviations. These sections are crisp, clear and concise.
The meat of this book is actual practice crosswords. A very neat and effective learning curve is set up whereby the first 10 puzzles have some answers filled in, and next to each clue is an abbreviation which indicates what clue type it is. As you progress through the book (sections of 10 puzzles divided by articles such as history of crosswords and famous clues) these props are gradually taken away. This works very well.
A recommended introduction to this type of self-torture.