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Not my first choice of "How to solve crosswords."
on 16 May 2013
The first part of the book describes the different kinds of clues used in cryptic crosswords, with a few little practice ones along the way, a list of abbreviations and many helpful pointers. The other part of the book is practice crosswords, 14 at Level 1 and 12 at Level 2, and the answers, given on the page after the crossword, are clearly explained. So far, so good. But I was, seriously, a beginner, so I hoped that Level 1 crosswords would be easier to solve. By about no 4 or 5 I was thinking I just couldn't do these and might have given up, but a friend came to stay who'd done the Scotsman crosswords for years. She gave a lot of encouragement and help. With a lot of cheating, I got to the end of the book, and thought I'd try another teaching book. I found Val Gilbert, How to crack a Cryptic Crossword (Daily Telegraph) to be a much better book, and now find I can solve a few clues myself, without cheating!