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Les Foeldessy is a puzzle enthusiast who inhabits the world of ideas. His wide ranging interests in general concern the nexus of culture and technology. In a previous incarnation he was an Electronics Test Engineer. 'Gryptics' is his first book, a new type of crossword of his own invention.
His goal with these puzzles is to delight the mind. Les wants the tired commuter going home on the subway to be entertained, diverted from her/his cares, and be pleasantly challenged.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto, Canada.
Canadian puzzlemaker Les Foeldessy's new crossword variety does away with the clues, meaning the puzzle solver has to fill in the missing letters based on the words' letter patterns, not their meanings. There's a bit of logic to the enterprise--as you work back and forth between the across and down answers, certain letters will make an intersecting word impossible to complete, so you'll suspect that your initial guess is wrong.
As a speed solver of crosswords, I'm hard-wired to jump on pattern recognition, so I found these puzzles to be less challenging than I'd hoped. (I'm also a junkie for really tough crosswords.) Crossword solvers will likely find an entertaining brain challenge in "Gryptics," one that appeals to both wordy people and logic-puzzle fans.
The puzzlemaker sought to include interesting words and for the most part he succeeded in that. The answer words are also regular words--there are no woeful obscurities that a reasonably educated American wouldn't know. If crossword clues asking for obscure words that mean "Pakistani weapon" or "Indonesian small mammal" drive you bonkers, you'll appreciate the vocabulary in "Gryptics" puzzles.
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