Daily Mail: New Cryptic Crosswords 11 (The Daily Mail Puzzle Books) Paperback – 1 Feb 2010
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The Daily Mail has the second highest average circulation of any British daily newspaper with over 2.4 million per issue, recording the highest annual rise in sales of any British daily newspaper in 2006. Daily Mail crosswords are enjoyed by 1.2 million people daily, and the Daily Mail Cryptic Crosswords Volumes 1, 2 and 3, all published by Hamlyn, are the fastest selling collections of any compilation. In February 2009, MailOnline had 1.3 million unique visitors per day - almost 22 million users in the month.
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REVIEW SUMMARY: Book 11's a good one in the series, which should entertain you and at times drive you mad. In this one, the clue surface readings are a special joy. As usual they range from ones that cleverly read as mundane to ones that are amusing, groan-worthy or surreal. Work out why trips in the dark fray my trousers, what starts to sob and dribble, how I discover moulding, or which dish requires minced tortoise. #95 is a fine example with almost all its clues being really fun to read. However, after taking Books 1-4 to get used to the compiler's style, I found many of the puzzles between #64-#80 very taxing - I suspect someone else set them. The rest of the puzzles are of a consistent standard, not always so in this series. I'd say the standard is medium difficulty. A few clues I had to leave and revisit much later. Several clues and answers are exact repeats of ones from earlier books. Once or twice you need to realise that a particular puzzle was originally published in the Daily Mail newspaper on a specific date, so as to make sense of "today" in the clue.
BOOK 14: Amazon won't let me post this separately. Don't know why they put my reviews for other Books in the series on Book 14's page! Re Book 14: Consistently good, so far the best (I own the series and look forward to Book 15 being published). A few clues repeat from previous books (#16 has three). There's lots of entertaining surface readings plus some new and clever indicators for the cryptic wordplay e.g.Read more ›