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This review is from: The Sun Two-Speed Crossword Collection: 160 Two-in-one Cryptic and Coffee Time Crosswords (Paperback)
I am familiar with The Sun newspaper crosswords and I can usually complete them using just the cryptic clues.
However,the puzzles contained in this book are a different matter altogether.I have now attempted roughly half of them and managed to complete only maybe five or six.And that's using both sets of clues.After looking at the solutions I still don't understand some of the answers.
It is also littered with mistakes.Here is one example:Clue-Ancient harp,Answer-Lute.Wrong,an ancient harp is a lyre.(A lute is the forerunner of the guitar).
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2013 18:47:44 BDT
J Suttling says:
Thanks for your review. The clue you mention was in the Sun very recently and I struggled with the very same clue myself!
Posted on 15 Feb 2014 19:10:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2014 19:11:45 GMT
I'm glad I'm not the only one who has struggled with this. I feel that some of the clues are absolutely ridiculous and are totally alien to the actual solution so much so that I thought they must have been on drugs or something when they compiled them! I found that going by the crossword box pattern that particular patterns had been compiled by particular people; so I tried following the same pattern and by doing this I found some crosswords much easier than the others. Having said that i bought a book not half a book and should be able to solve all of them. I love puzzles so I don't want the crosswords to be too easy as that would be pointless, but I would like them to be half way solvable and without getting really irritated by the obscurity and senselessness of the clues. Someone on here mentioned the Daily Star so I might give them a try next. keeps the brain active...!
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