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The New York Times Tough Crossword Puzzle Omnibus Volume 1: 200 Challenging Puzzles from The New York Times (New York Times Tough Crossword Puzzles) Paperback – January 20, 2004


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[Will Shortz] is the crossword king.

The prince of crossword puzzlers.

The Riddler's got nothing on Will Shortz.

Will Shortz is [the crossword book world's] John Grisham.

About the Author

Will Shortz has been the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He has edited countless books of crossword puzzles, Sudoku, KenKen, and all manner of brain-busters.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: New York Times Tough Crossword Puzzles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312324413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312324414
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Damn these are hard!
Greenlydia
These are, however, very tough little puzzles and I'm sure will provide a challenge to most every crossword fanatic.
D. Goerner
Good to have with you to keep you occupied for a while.
C. Hall

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Schreiter VINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
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This volume collects 200 consecutive Friday and Saturday New York Times crosswords originally published between October 25, 1996 and September 25, 1998. Anyone that can power through these challenging puzzles is truly a top solver. With one puzzle to a page both the grid and clues are pleasantly large. At a cost of less than a nickel per puzzle, this 'omnibus' edition offers great value with twice the content of a normal 'NYT Tough' collection.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Davis on August 9, 2010
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I agree with the earlier reviewer that this is not the be-all and end-all of tough Times crosswords. I am about two-thirds of the way through, and I've only encountered maybe ten that I could not finish (I do not consult outside resources to finish a puzzle).

Either Eugene Maleska or Will Shortz once wrote, however, that a truly great crossword, no matter how difficult, should be solvable without recourse to obscure cultural trivia (i.e., you're going to have trivia entries, but they need to be solvable by means of crosses that are not themselves arcane trivia). I would say that virtually all of these puzzles meet that test, and the book has a healthy dose of the rebus puzzles that add a dimension to the problem-solving. I personally can live without the ones that have multipart quotations one must solve, since that reinforces the need to know a lot of worthless junk that Oscar Wilde once said.

Anyway, for the truly hardcore, I suspect this collection might seem a little unchallenging. To them I say: go try the real Times puzzle -- the one that just goes by "The Times." Those puzzles are reeeaally hard. For people who just like fun puzzles that one might have seen every Friday and Saturday over the course of several years in the NYT, this should be more than challenging enough.

Cheap, too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Goerner on October 30, 2008
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This collection will keep you busy scratching your head for weeks (months?). I prefer the larger puzzles with more clues/answers and smaller squares, so was a little disappointed in the size of each puzzle on first inspection. These are, however, very tough little puzzles and I'm sure will provide a challenge to most every crossword fanatic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Hall on December 30, 2011
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This is a good book when you want to keep yourself sharp but without needing to cheat! Good to have with you to keep you occupied for a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader on April 25, 2014
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These are good puzzles, but for the most part they're not what I'd call tough. On the NYT difficulty scale, these might be Thursday puzzles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dogsknitter on August 2, 2010
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Disappointingly easy! Not nearly as tough as any of the other tough puzzle books by NYT/Shortz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas D. Brablec on November 4, 2011
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These puzzles are not the largest in size, yet they are quite challenging. I appreciate that they avoid using answers that are technically correct but grammatically "fingernails-on-the-chalkboard."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edwin B. Burgess on August 7, 2007
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Bored with doing the Friday crosswords in ink? try these. Use a pencil. They made me think.
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