Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the "Guardian" Crossword Paperback – 10 May 2007
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"'Indispensable. All you ever wanted to know about crosswords but were afraid to ask.' Francis Wheen 'A gentle and comprehensive introduction to the seductive and witty world of the crossword puzzle. Hugh Stephenson's book is an ideal guide.' Simon Russell Beale 'The ideal present for your non-cryptic-crossword-solving friends. If this doesn't work, nothing will.' John Graham, aka Araucaria"
About the Author
Hugh Stephenson is the Guardian's crossword editor.
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This is a very good book to get you started on how to solve the Guardian crossword; it explains things clearly and in nicely paced stages, ratcheting up the difficulty in such a way that you feel that you're making progress without getting left behind.
So, all in all, it does exactly what its sub-heading sets out to do!
The author may not be a setter but he is clearly an accomplished cryptic crossword worker who has forgotten (if he ever knew) the blindness beginners have to these type of clues. There's an implication that it's all so obvious.
As for the lists and lists of what certain phrasing styles could possibly mean in a clue, I'm not sure how one is supposed to memorise that lot.
It would be more helpful to be introduced to a certain type of clue one at a time and then to be given a crossword to practice that before moving on.
This book probably reads well to those who already undertand what's involved. But then they are not the target audience.