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Chambers Crossword Manual Paperback – 17 Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; New edition edition (17 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550120068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550120069
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Don Manley sets cryptic crosswords under a variety of pseudonyms (duck, Quixote, Pasquale and Giovanni) and for a range of papers (including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and The Sunday Telegraph).


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By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Don Manley preaches the gospel of the crossword better than anyone else I have read. The object of this book is not just to help the reader have a stab at the cryptic on the back of the daily broadsheet - though it certainly does that. Rather, the author opens the door and invites you in to the inner sanctum of the advanced cryptic and the special crossword.
Manley does not plod. He covers all the basic cryptic clue types in fewer than forty pages, and nearly a third of those are taken up with tutorial puzzles. He certainly does not attempt an exhaustive list of indicator and other giveaway words; he takes the view that a large part of the fun of crosswords is learning such things for oneself.
What Manley does provide is an excellent guide to crossword grammar with plenty of discussion on what distinguishes a sound clue from an unsound one. This is vital knowledge for aspiring setters of crosswords, but invaluable too for the everyday solver; recognising what interpretations of a clue cannot possibly be sound is a big time-saver.
Perhaps this book is not for the complete beginner, but it is great for the solver with some experience who is in a rut. When I first read this book I could usually get more than half way through the daily crossword in the Times, sometimes finishing it completely. I was vaguely aware of the more advanced crosswords with barred grids, but never expected to be able to tackle one. Manley's introduction to advanced clueing, coupled with his evangelical zeal for crosswords in general, inspired me to attempt the Listener puzzle, and now I sometimes, very rarely, actually finish it - even though I still can't always complete the Times. I don't believe any other book would have moved me on. Thank you, Don Manley.
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By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2001
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This book is invaluable to anyone with an interest in cryptic crosswords. It provides a history of the cryptic crossword; it is a manual on how to solve them; it provides annotated examples of 100 crosswords of different types; it tells you how to set them, and provides suggestions for further reading. It goes beyond other "how to solve cryptic crosswords" books in tackling the more sophisticated cryptic crosswords, such as those scary looking ones found in the Sunday supplements.
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By Samuel TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Don Manley is a vastly experienced cryptic crossword solver and compiler, with his crosswords published in all of the major broadsheets. This is reflected in the substance of his manual, which explains in simple and easily understood terms how crosswords are constructed, and gives a step by step guide to the sorts of clues which are encountered.
The clue explanations have many examples, and progress from the more basic up to the kinds which are found in the more difficult, barred crosswords.
As either a resource for those wishing to learn how to solve cryptic crosswords, or for those wishing to improve their solving skills, the book is indispensable.
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