Chambers Crossword Manual Paperback – 17 Sep 2001
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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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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.
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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I could have saved myself money, if I had read the other reviews. I think the concepts are there in the book, but [as previously mentioned by other reviewers] there are just not... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2003