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At last - success!,
This review is from: How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords (Paperback)
I've literally had a go at just about every teach yourself cryptic crosswords puzzle book out there and nothing seemed to make it all click with me - I'd go through the book but then when I tried a puzzle by myself - I'd be back to square one - then I'd give up and a couple of months later try another book and so on. The Kevin Skinner book is quite cheap so I wasn't holding out much hope but it is brilliant!! - the graded puzzles make you feel you are making progress and the detailed explanations of each solution make it easy to see where you have gone wrong - lots of practice and not too much theory. If you take it slowly and have a proper go at each puzzle you'll find like me that you really can solve cryptic crosswords.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2012 14:10:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jul 2012 16:25:09 BDT
Thanks for your review. I have decided to order this book as I am pulling my hair out trying to solve cryptic crosswords! I love trying them because I feel a sense of accomplishment when I get an answer right, but for the most part, when I check the answers I can't even 'see' it in the clue and it's frustrating! I made up some starter clues and tried to follow the basic cryptic rules. Any beginners fancy a stab at them? Seasoned cryptic solvers would blitz these of course.
1) Sad hat (8)
2) Solo predator lends money but beware! (4,5)
3) My father's brother ate rice, pasta and potato after skin complaint (9)
4) Underwater vessel is not good enough (9)
5) Banjo vial is jolly (6)
6) Urban vermin made a big bang in 80's pop (4,4,3)
7) Pool has only ten otters for snap initially (5)
8) Homeless person found in apartment (5)
9) Two thirds of sam with consumption - it's a banger! (7)
10) Green gem is dull (5)
11) Shop sells cheeky primates (6,8)
12) Scottish Vanessa loses heads and tails with a tress at the front (8)
Making up clues is far easier than solving them!
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