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Easier than earlier Times Codewords
on 3 February 2014
One might imagine that Codeword puzzles ought to become more difficult, as the solver acquires experience.
The Times Codeword 1 (or original) was faithful in standard to the original Codewords published in the Times newspapers and provided quite hard codewords. Volumes 2 and 3 were of much the same standard. All are divided into sections of 'Easy', 'Moderate' and 'Hard'.
However, volume 4, while retaining the same three divisions of Easy, Moderate and Hard, seems to me to be far too easy. To take a concrete example, the Easy codewords provide FOUR starting letters, instead of the customary three or fewer.
So we have the bizarre situation where newcomers to Codewords should start at Volume 4, then work backwards to Volume 1 as they acquire superior solving skills.