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Beginner's Guide to Cryptic Crosswords: How to Interpret and Solve Crossword Clues Paperback – 31 Jul 2006

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Ideal entry-level guide for puzzlers who want to graduate to the real thing, this title shows you how to interpret a clue for what it is - in indirect and direct components, and how to interpret the elements and the effect of punctuation. Appendices contain invaluable information on letter groups, names and abbreviations. It puts puzzlers on equal terms with compilers - just where they want to be. This follow-up to James Coleman's authoritative "Cryptic Crossword Cluefinder" is ideal for anyone who enjoys simple crosswords and would love to get to grips with this more complex type of puzzle. In "The Beginner's Guide to Cryptic Crosswords", James Coleman has analysed a massive collection of clues and explains clearly and concisely how to understand them. The book is divided into two principal parts: How to interpret the clue for what it is; and How to identify the elements within the clue. He has produced a truly great armchair reference for novice cryptic puzzlers.

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