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Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the Guardian Crossword Hardcover – 26 Aug 2005

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books; Main edition (26 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843544687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843544685
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Packed with examples from the Guardian's celebrated compilers - from Araucaria and Rufus to Bunthorne and Janus - Secrets of the Setters explains how all the different types of cryptic clues work. It shows you how to unravel the elliptical language and how to spot the tricks of the compiler's trade. The book also includes a large selection of practice puzzles and a handy list of words and letters that setters commonly use as their cryptic building blocks.

About the Author

Hugh Stephenson is the Guardian crossword editor, who has edited Quick Crosswords volumes 1, 2 and 3, and Cryptic Crosswords volume 1.

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