Brilliant! An amazing book with which to while away the winter months and perform mental gymnastics at the same time. Fascinating to see how the cryptic crossword has evolved from the first issue - a quintessentially British leisure time activity perhaps. Interestingly the first few are reasonably easy to solve. Not long before the false security of the crossworder is thwarted and the brain has to go into over-drive. I've bought several of these as gifts for crossword addicts amongst family and friends. They are unfailingly popular. What mystifies me is second-hand copies which claim to be "Acceptable" - have these been filled in in pencil and then erased? Super, super book - very attractively presented too with elegant dust-jacket.