Chambers Book of Azed Crosswords Paperback – 18 Jul 2005
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'Azed's crosswords are a source of delicious frustration and - if and when they yield up their secrets - delightful fulfilment. They have given me great pleasure (and some despair) over many years.' (Vikram Seth)
A hand-picked selection of 100 crosswords which originally appeared in The ObserverSee all Product Description
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The book will principally appeal to crossword fans who have already tried Azed's puzzles and are hungry for more (or just want to revisit their favourites), but it's to be hoped that they will also use it to introduce others to the delights of this setter. Azed pays tribute to his loyal regular solvers by including many puzzles in which one clue is a prize-winner from his monthly clue-writing competitions (with acknowledgements alongside the solution).
It would be hard to choose the hundred best puzzles of the period this collection covers, but none of these will disappoint, and many are absolute gems.
The book contains 100 puzzles; 85 of them are laughingly called 'plain', meaning that the clues are straightforward(!) cryptic ones. The remaining 15 puzzles are a variety of specials, in which a multitude of variations on the standard puzzle serve to make the solving of them more of a life's work than a cultural exercise.
Probably the greatest attraction of Azed is the absolute fairness of his clues. Difficult, often fiendishly so, but never an extraneous word or a departure from what are known as Ximenean Rules.
This book is truly a must for all Azed fans, in fact for anyone who wants to experience the cryptic crossword at its highest level.