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Still too difficult for me
on 21 September 2001
There are a number of guides on how to solve cryptic crosswords out there, and this book is the most advanced of all of them. It is engagingly written and provides plenty of illustrations.
I do however have a number of quibbles that prevent me from giving it a whole-hearted recommendation. First, I found it difficult to navigate through the different types of clues. Second, an more importantly, the solutions are at the back, and are unnumbered. This format makes it really tedious to navigate through the examples. In some cases, I just gave up. Personally, in a tutor of this sort, I would have preferred the solutions on the same page as the clue. Finally, I didn't understand many of the solutions! More help in how they were derived would have been helpful.
It's a pity, because this book could have been great, whereas it's just another good guide.