The Chambers Crossword Completer - New Edition: Book Paperback – 6 Dec 2013
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Firstly, the good details. I think it’s an improvement in placing the ODD letters in section 1 and the EVEN letters in section 2. The use of BOLD (here shown by UPPER-CASE) really helps as it concentrates the eye are the target letters. So the word ‘crossword’ in section 1 would be ‘CrOsSwOrD’ and in section 2 would be ‘cRoSsWoRd’. The book has an enormous number of words – and perhaps some are non-existent – and the headings help isolate the targets (clearly separated by the number of letters in a word).
In reply to some critics that the book is confusing I’d stress that the user must have an idea of the USAGE of the target word before they use this book. Here’s a (poor?) clue to an 8-letter word: ‘Starts a row or keeps you quiet’, and you have this _ _ _ S _ W _ _ _. At the worst you start in section 2 hunting for any word with ‘S’ as the 4th and ‘W’ as the 6th letters – ASW, BSW, CSW........ and you’ll have some way to go! But you should be looking for a word relating to ‘row’ and/ or ‘quiet’.
Now for my major criticism. The book uses BOLD to distinguish the target letters but the other letters I found almost impossible to identify because of the light-grey font used. That’s because of my personal sight defects. Of course, if a darker-grey were used the target letters would stand out less. My solution has been to use a magnifying glass; perhaps the use of a coloured shield (e.g. yellow or blue transparent paper) would help people with other problems.
So my score for this VERY useful book has to be 3 stars.
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