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Does exactly what it says on the cover!,
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This review is from: The Daily Telegraph How to Crack a Cryptic Crossw (Paperback)
This is a great book if, like me, you are/were keen to unlock the mysteries of the cryptic crossword! A couple of caveats: I read Val Gilbert's book after reading Kevin Skinner's ' How to solve cryptic crosswords' and I do feel that the combination of the two books, read in that order, took me to a level of problem solving I never felt possible to attain. My only criticism would be that Val's book didn't get me to a point where I could competently solve one / any of the 'real' Telegraph crosswords - in other words, having followed her instruction I was, in the end, cruising through the 'learning' crosswords, but struggled badly with the real McCoy. Anticipating a new level of competency I also, rather rashly in hindsight, purchased several of the 'Daily Mail' cryptic crossword books, assuming that they would be a doddle after instruction from Val, however they remained almost completely unfathomable - this may well be a measure of my own abilities, or lack of them, however just a weather warning - don't expect a magic bullet solution!