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Random House Guide to Cryptic Crosswords (Other) Paperback – June 17, 2003

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A comprehensive "how-to" manual to introduce beginners to the world of cryptic crosswords, as well as a collection of the best of Cox & Rathvon's puzzles from Atlantic Monthly -- published here in book form for the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

EMILY COX & HENRY RATHVON create half of the Sunday crosswords for The Boston Globe (alternating with Henry Hook) and all of the acrostics for The New York Times.
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Product Details

  • Series: Other
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Puzzles & Games (June 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812935454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812935455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The American crosswording public is largely unfamiliar with
the cryptic crossword, and are baffled when one turns up.
No more! Cox and Rathvon introduce us to this clever and
entertaining form of wordplay, taking a very effective
phased approach, teaching us the tricks one by one until
we're ready to set off on our own.
The book also includes eight practice puzzles and 65 full-sized
puzzles, graded by difficulty.
Anyone who loves word games will want this book. But beware! You'll become hooked
on cryptic crosswords; don't say I didn't warn you!
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For those of you who are getting bored with conventional crossword puzzles and want to try something different, try a cryptic crossword. It combines the grid and clues of a regular crossword with a bit of wordplay to make it tougher and more interesting. This book provides excellent instructions on how to solve one, with plenty of examples and 8 warm-up puzzles. Next come 15 standard block cryptic puzzles for you to practice on. Then comes the type of cryptic puzzle that Cox and Rathvon are known for: their variety cryptics. These puzzles have a extra twist to them, such as missing clues or grid letters, words changing direction or position in the grid, modified letters, and other devilish permutations to keep you on your toes. These 50 variety cryptics are taken from the pages of the Atlantic Monthly. Finally, Cox and Rathvon provide a couple of chapters on the rules and strategies for creating your own cryptic puzzles.
Once you get the hang of it, solving cryptics is like eating potato chips... you simply can't stop. So you will be happy to know that there is a companion book to this one, called "Atlantic Monthly Cryptic Crosswords," that picks up where this one leaves off and provides another 45 devilishly difficult variety cryptics for you to enjoy.
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Cox and Rathvon are the best in the biz at cryptic crosswords, and this is an excellent introduction to their work. They have written a very clear and helpful explanation for how cluing works in cryptics, and also a variety of puzzles to practice with, ranging from those for rank beginners to some "variety" cryptics that will challenge savvy, experienced solvers.
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I have always been intrigued by the British cryptic crosswords, but also intimidated by the indecipherable clues. But thank the spirit of words that Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon have written this great book which explains clearly the types of crptic clues in an entertaining and informative fashion. With plain language the authors point out the types of cryptic clues (anagrams, homophones, containers, charades, deletions, hidden, reversals, etc.) which are cleverly disguised to trick you away from the answer. I highly recommend this book to all those who are curious about cryptic crosswords. I only hope the authors follow up with their own volume of cryptic crosswords.
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