Decoding Cryptic Crosswords: A Step-by-step Guide Paperback – 15 Dec 2007
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About the Author
Ged O'Connell was born in Bradford and went to university inLeeds before becoming a teacher. He taught English in Spain, Egypt and Finland before moving to Japan over 20 years ago. He now teaches academic writing andcritical thinking at a university in Tokyo.
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* To become a setter you must understand cryptic clues well enough to write ones that a newspaper crossword editor is happy to inflict on the public.
* A cryptic crossword tutorial book needs plenty of examples - both individual clues and whole puzzles. A professional setter can use material they've already written or write fresh stuff for the book. The solver must produce his own material or find a way to borrow material from the pros.
* Although setters spend a lot of their time writing clues, most have been or still are solvers too - often very good ones. They need to do some solving just to see what other setters are doing.
Ged O'Connell is a solver. His website says: "Ged O'Connell was born in Bradford and went to university in Leeds before becoming a teacher. He taught English in Spain, Egypt and Finland before moving to Japan over 20 years ago. He now teaches academic writing and critical thinking at a university in Tokyo." Neither this information nor the book itself tells you much about his crossword solving experience, which seems a shame.
Like many 'how to solve' books, most of the text is organised by clue type, telling you what clue types are used, and how to recognise them.Read more ›
Well written and easy to understand. Brilliant!