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Sizzlingly Hard Fireball Crosswords: 45 Themeless Puzzles Spiral-bound – August 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Fireball Crosswords
  • Spiral-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Puzzlewright; Csm Spi edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402790775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402790775
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“These are daring, first-rate puzzles. They are fresh, smart, and contemporary, and they go places that newspaper puzzles don't, won't, or can't. Every serious crossword enthusiast I know is a Fireball subscriber. If you want to know what the cutting edge of crossword construction in America looks like, just open this book and start solving.”
-Michael Sharp, aka Rex Parker, author of the crossword blog “Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle”
 
“Fireball puzzles are hot. If, like me, you're a crossword geek who needs something to keep yourself challenged Mondays through Thursdays, they're the perfect solution.”
-Daniel Okrent, former public editor of the New York Times and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition


“A book of Fireball Crosswords? Oh, no, what a terrible idea. I need to have a week or two in between these puzzles, or else I'd be unable to get anything else done--they're that addictive. Readers, hear me: Ration yourselves!”
-Jon Delfin, seven-time American Crossword Puzzle Tournament champion
 
“Peter Gordon has a remarkable talent for tough (sometimes very tough) but fair cluing. His Fireball Crosswords are inevitably challenging and original. These are some great puzzles--I wish every puzzle editor aspired to this level of quality.”
-Eric Berlin, author of The Puzzling World of Winston Breen
 
“Peter Gordon's Fireball Crosswords are among the very few that I solve regularly just for fun. I enjoy both the tough themelesses and the sparklingly innovative themes that Gordon and his constructing crew consistently come up with.”
-Stanley Newman, crossword editor, Newsday


“These ain't your grandma's crosswords--unless your grandma is awesome and likes awesome puzzles.”
-Brian Cimmet, Lollapuzzoola co-director
 
“I like my puzzles devilishly hard. So I thank Satan for Peter Gordon and Fireball Crosswords, the toughest, cleverest puzzles under the sun.”
-Lou Kesten, The Associated Press

About the Author

Peter Gordon is the Editorial Director of Puzzlewright Press. His crosswords have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, and numerous puzzle magazines, including Games, where he was an editor for seven years. Gordon was a member of the winning US teams at the 1990 International Crossword Marathon in Bjelovar, Yugoslavia. His titles include Hall of Fame Crosswords, Yahtzee Scratch & Play, Match Wits with Mensa: Test Your Trivia Smarts, and Verbiage for the Verbose; he is also the co-author of Solitaire Battleships, Scrabble-doku, and the Puzzlewright Guide to Solving Sudoku. He writes a weekly current-events crossword for The Week.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Popp on August 21, 2012
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Whew! These crosswords are tough! If you're like me and you enjoy hard themeless (NY Times Friday and Saturday type) puzzles, this book is worth getting. Some of the puzzles, if not all, are real brain busters with tough, tough clues. The payoff is sometimes great: there's some terrific vocabulary and certain phrases you just wouldn't see in a newspaper. The puzzles can be frustrating at times, but stick with them. I had a hard time with the first several I tried. But once I got the wavelength of the book, I started really digging them. In fact, I did several of the book's puzzles after Hurricane Sandy when I was without power. They really helped me get through that experience. The other reviewer is right; there is a lot of sports and pop culture information. I enjoy that. And I do think you can solve the grids even if you don't know everything offhand. If you like hard puzzles, give this book a try!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicki on February 28, 2013
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My son-in-law is a crossword wizard and he found this excitingly difficult. Gave it to him as Christmas gift. I was afraid he would find this "too easy" and blow through it -- but no! Challenging and fun gift for any crossword-doer!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lori Blain on September 19, 2012
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As a daily NY Times crossword solver I was very disappointed in this book.
My favorite puzzles are of Fri. or Sat. difficulty but these go too far.
There too many proper names that rely on the knowledge of recent movies,
pop culture, and sports. These puzzles do not test your knowledge of words.
So many of the answers are of the type where either you know them or you don't
no matter how vast your vocabulary.
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By Reader on April 24, 2014
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These are really tough puzzles, a bit harder than the New York Times Saturday puzzles. The clues are often tricky and the answers obscure. For people who like to struggle!
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