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The New York Times Will Shortz Presents The Dangerous Book of Crosswords: 75 Daring Puzzles Paperback – July 21, 2009

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[Will Shortz] is the crossword king. (Steve Kroft, 60 Minutes)

The prince of crossword puzzlers. (Greenwich Magazine)

The Riddler's got nothing on Will Shortz. (Time Out New York)

Will Shortz is [the crossword book world's] John Grisham. (Martin Arnold)

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

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312565364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312565367
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bushnell on August 11, 2009
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Only serious "puzzlers" need apply!! Most of the puzzles in this book are more difficult than any NYTimes puzzles, including Fridays and Saturdays. But they are a "diversion", certainly, and keep my old brain "chugging away". Mr. Will Shortz is able to stretch us and stretch us in a most entertaining way.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By toneylee on January 29, 2010
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If you are always looking for harder puzzles to do, these aren't bad. They are not as difficult as the "Fierce" and "Ferocious" NYT puzzle books, but they definitely take longer to do than other NYT daily puzzle compilations, and there are no easy ones mixed in. I don't usually like buying a book with less than 100 puzzles in it because I run through them too fast--same problem with this book. But they are fun, and I have even had to ponder a bit with several of the clues.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Newell VINE VOICE on June 19, 2010
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One of a group of several "extra hard" collections from the New York Times, editor Shortz seems to have combed through some years worth of Friday and Saturday puzzles and picked out some of the hardest of the hard. Now, there *are* a couple of collections out there that are even more difficult (Ferocious Crosswords and Fascinatingly Fierce crosswords are perhaps even tougher collections) this book delivers plenty of challenge.

A word of warning: if you're not a seasoned and skilled solver, don't think you can just "jump in" at this level. Practice with some intermediate collections first. These are not mamby-pamby computer generated puzzles like those found in many a daily newspaper. The clues are clever and deceptive and some of the answers surprising (yet pleasing).

An excellent offering if you like a challenging crossword experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Czaja on January 3, 2011
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I gave up and sent this book of crosswords to my brother the most-excellent-crossword-puzzle person I know. I tried, but one must really know vocabulary and think in creative ways to get through this book. I consider it "advanced" for crossword puzzle fanciers. Will Shortz's books are always a challenge - don't attempt this one without warming up and stretching!
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By LINDA D NEAL on December 10, 2012
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I've been working the NY Times daily crosswords for about ten years and I know from experience that Friday's and Saturday's are killers. This one is 75 puzzles of Satudays (or so it seems) and I would not recommend it for anyone who's just starting out. Believe me, it would be sadistic to do so. I enjoy the challange and i recommend to others who feel likewise.
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