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The New York Times Will Shortz's Funniest Crossword Puzzles: From the Pages of The New York Times Spiral-bound – August 12, 2004


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312324898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312324896
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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


"[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.

Customer Reviews

The twist is that they're "funny".
Megan Romer
I'm a medium-level solver and thought this collection was too easy and not incredibly funny (esp since there are funnier Times crosswords out there).
K. Truong
I did not find these puzzles either challenging or amusing - would have been better off just to buy a penny press book off the grocery store shelf.
jaded

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on December 4, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
These crossword puzzles are, for the most part, easy to medium difficulty. The twist is that they're "funny". By funny, I mean kind of corny, but in a good way. People who are familiar with NY Times puzzles will recognize this type of puzzle: there's often a gimmick or particular style of pun that shows up in 3 or 4 large clues in the puzzle. They often show up in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday puzzles.

I can easily recommend this book, it's a great one to do on airplanes to stave off the grumpiness that most people feel while traveling. It also makes for a nice go-to book when you know you want a quicker or less difficult puzzle. A great gift, for yourself or someone else!
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Awramik on February 19, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
I got this book for a Christmas present and finished it fairly quickly. It was pleasant. The puzzles are a mixed lot of difficulty, mostly on the easier side. The "funny" part involves puns and wordplay and the humorous quotation format.

Good for medium level solvers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Chalmers on January 4, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
I didn't like these puzzles much. They had some amusement value, but my chief complaint was that they were too easy. Maybe even easier than the Monday New York Times puzzle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By funniegrrl on April 19, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I enjoy puzzles with a funny or punny theme, but many, many of these puzzles contain a pet peeve of mine. I much prefer that the longer theme answers be self-contained to give a decent chance of solving them; in this book, however, the theme answers are all part of a single quote, or even worse, a made-up quip. Half the fun of solving a themed puzzle is figuring out what the theme IS, then solving each clue. I would say about half of these puzzles have clues that consist of "Quip, part 1" or whatever. Boring!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Harn on July 1, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is a nice selection of fun crosswords, but they are too easy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jaded on December 4, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
I did not find these puzzles either challenging or amusing - would have been better off just to buy a penny press book off the grocery store shelf.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By glaric230 on February 20, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
The crossword puzzle is great. It is fun to work and gives me quite a few challenges. It is a great mind stimulant.
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By M. Cohn on September 16, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I love Will Shortz and was really looking forward to this book, thinking that it would be chock full of clever clues like one of my favorites...a 5 letter word that means a button on an alley. Instead this is a book of crosswords that has puns and boring riddles/quotes/jokes within the answers. And a button on an alley? Reset!(For those unfamiliar with sedentary team sports, this refers to a bowling alley.) I wish I could find a book of clever crosswords!
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