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Cryptic Crosswords from The Nation Paperback – April 25, 2006
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If you've never done a cryptic crossword puzzle before, start someplace else--101 Cryptic Crosswords: From the New Yorker is excellent.
Frank Lewis apparently has been making cryptic crosswords since the late 1940s. He doesn't play by standard cryptic crossword rules. (Maybe they were developed afterwards?) You aren't guaranteed two "definitions" in a clue (there may be one or three), and there may be no straight definition anywhere in the clue. In addition, he often combines multiple words in the grid together and gives one clue. (e.g. NEO in one place and GOTHIC in another, and one clue that produces NEOGOTHIC). In essence, you have to obtain a lot more long answers than short answers, which, for me, makes the puzzles harder to solve.
The clues are very fun and playful, but I find the puzzles much more difficult than normal cryptics, because of the abnormal clue format.
offer a triple definition!
In puzzle #28, I believe GRAYLEG is wrongly offered as an anagram of LARGELY. This sort of error makes me doubt the integrity of all the clues. It feels like it shows a lack of respect for the solver.
For those who don't like these puzzles and think the clues over long the answer is that every part of a Frank Lewis clue counts-he gives you clues over and over. There are no extraneous bits. You have to figure out which bits go together. He is dead clever, and unfortunately now dead so there will be no more Frank Lewis Cryptic crosswords so get these while you still can. They are the best. Peck away at them and eventually you will get them and never be the same. Good solving!
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I love cryptic crosswords, so I was eager to get into this master's works. He's TOUGH! But both fair and creative. So I love the challenge.Published 5 months ago by G. Allen
After Frank Lewis left the Nation, we could not do any of the new puzzle makers' cryptic crosswords. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Louise Sherman
Frank Lewis' crosswords, as published in The Nation magazine, have been favorites of mine for many years. I was happy to find this book of his intriguing and absorbing puzzles. Read morePublished 14 months ago by serenity
I love cryptic crosswords but these were a little different set-up - they have lots of clues that are 2 clues combined and my brain has enough trouble solving these things without... Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Chris Courtney