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By A Customer
This review is from: The Hidden Code of Cryptic Crosswords (Paperback)
This is a novel book. Which is not to say its a novel.
However what Mr Greef achieves in explaining the workings of cryptic crosswords is actually epic, if not quite revolutionary.
Believe me I've tried these damned things for many years, mostly spent in abject failure. I've even tried the brand of cheating that involves using books similar to Mr Greef's.
Similar but not the same. For here is a book that is more than a few worked examples and several blind leaps of faith. Here is a book that goes to the principles, that delves into the murky minds of the setters and shows that there is logic and substance trapped within. Above all it is a book that attempts (mostly successfully) to show not so much what to do, but rather, how to do it.
Having read and tried Mr Greef's methods, you come away from the experience with the white light of a Damascene conversion, rather than the rather sordid feeling that in some way you might have been cheating.