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Must-buy for anyone interested in setting cryptic crosswords,
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This review is from: Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword (Paperback)
Since reading a library copy some years ago, I have been scouring second-hand bookshops for a copy of "Ximenes On The Art Of The Crossword" to no avail, so I am delighted to see this reprint at last. Although Don Manley's "Chambers Crossword Manual" is an excellent companion for solvers and setters alike, Ximenes' work is by far the most comprehensive for anyone seriously interested in cryptic crossword construction. The granddaddy of "fair setting" covers everything from grid construction to clue mechanics in unsurpassed detail. 'Ximenean' setters are sometimes criticised for their pedantry, but readers of this seminal work will come to appreciate that the construction of enjoyable, rewarding and *fair* puzzles is both an art and a science. I hope Swallowtail Books will follow this release with reprints of other long-out-of-print cruciverbal classics from the likes of Afrit and Torquemada.