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Crossword Obsession: The History And Lore of the World's Most Popular Pastime 1St Edition Edition
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A haphazardly constructed tome, "Crossword Collection" is little more than transcribed interviews with the crossword world's major players and reads like a book in search of an editor. It's as if Amende did all the research for the book and then chose not to write one. There's something to be said for letting the people interviewed speak for themselves, but a little editing is in order as quote after quote after quote sucks the life out what must be an interesting group of people.
There's something disappointing when a good idea for a book is poorly executed. For a well-written, humorous look at a similar world, stick to "Word Freak," Fatsis' book about competitive Scrabble.
Most people who occasionally do crossword puzzles are bound to have certain questions such as:
(1) How are the puzzles constructed?
(2) What do editors do with puzzles submitted to them?
(3) What were the famous puzzle editors like in person?
(4) What do the best puzzle solvers do to make faster progress?
(5) How to solvers prepare for contests?
(6) What reference books do constructors and the best solvers use?
(7) What are the most common short words used in puzzles?
(8) How should unusual clues be interpreted?
(9) How should I attack unusual puzzles?
Those who have wanted to know more about these and many other interesting questions will find many interesting answers from a variety of perspectives in this multifaceted book.
The book contains a fine combination of history, profiles, interviews, answers to common questions by many experts, and perspectives on a variety of crossword puzzles. In addition, you will be pleased to know that the book also provides a number of puzzles and answers to entertain you. For some of the famous puzzles, there are also comments about the puzzle by the constructor.
My favorite part was the section on how to construct puzzles, with many references to computer programs and on-line resources to help. I have always wanted to try my hand at a puzzle, and this shows me the basic elements. I'm sure it will be very difficult, but personally rewarding.
You will also find a good appendix on various resources, suggested readings, a glossary, a brief summary of factoids about words that appear frequently, and biographies and photographs of constructors and editors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An informative, breezy oral history of Crosswords. Also includes top-notch samples from many of the contributors.Published 18 months ago by Thomas Pare'
Not my style of book. Some interesting parts but mostly the same type of comments by the same group of folks.Published 19 months ago by Art OConnell
A great gift for crossword puzzle fans. I have enjoyed reading it, as have those to whom I have sent it. You will too!Published on November 8, 2011 by seymour b. jacobson
This is a tedious book. It is a compilation of raw data that hasn't been refined. The author splices and dices transcripts of surveys results which are then arranged in... Read morePublished on October 6, 2004 by Lucy Yamaha
I enjoy puzzles of all types and I also enjoy finding how things work.Can't say that I am fanatic solver,but usually worked at the daily one in the local paper. Read morePublished on December 17, 2003 by Jerry Guild
Don' bother to buy the book. Anyone can send a survey to people of like minds then use their replies to write a book. Read morePublished on May 12, 2003