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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good help for beginners, 3 July 2008
This review is from: Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the "Guardian" Crossword (Paperback)
This book is written by the Guardian's Crossword Editor, who is not a crossword compiler, so sees things more from the solver's point of view. It's written in a more entertaining style than some 'how to solve' books, and has helpful guidance for beginners, both clue analysis and tips about solving techniques, and does well at showing that the knowledge you need is "wide but shallow". It slips up on one or two technicalities such as the meaning of "&lit" - as used in this book, this includes true &lits and another clue-type, normally called "cryptic definition". The text includes groups of practice clues, and at the end of the book there are 14 sample puzzles with some letters in the grid to start you off, and (equally important) explanations of the answers as well as the solutions.
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