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"Will Shortz is [the crossword book world's] John Grisham." -Martin Arnold, The New York Times

"The Riddler's got nothing on Will Shortz." -Time Out New York

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WHO SAID CROSSWORDS HAVE TO BE DIFFICULT?

With The New York Times Light and Easy Crossword Puzzles, anyone can be a whiz at solving crosswords! The New York Times and Will Shortz offer a collection of 130 favorite, fun and easy crosswords previously published from the Monday and Tuesday edition of The New York Times. And with its compact size, you can take these collection with you wherever you go. So get in on all the action with these fast, light and easy crosswords!

"Will Shortz is 'the crossword king'."
-Steve Kroft, 60 Minutes

"The Riddler's got nothing on Will Shortz."
-Time Out New York
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reissue edition (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312937733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312937737
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I like the small size.
Cris 46
They're great to throw in a beach bag, or into my travelling bag, and nice to have handy for a quick puzzle.
Dana
This Light and Easy Crossword Puzzle book is all that.
Jan the fan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Hoffman on May 16, 2010
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2 small=2 stars. This puzzle book is the size of an old-time paperback book and the clues and the puzzles are on two different pages. Not the format for me. Not convenient and not user friendly. Be careful to read the descriptions so that you won't make the same mistake I did.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jimmianne on May 27, 2011
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I'm enjoying this book because it is challenging but doable for me. I don't care for puzzles where the words are so obscure that you can't even find them when you look them up. There is just enough of a challenge here to make things fun.
When I read the low review I wasn't sure about this book - the review said that the puzzle and clues were on different pages...I thought they meant you had to turn the page. The clues are opposite the puzzle so I don't see what the problem is.

update: this book has been a blast. I'm on puzzle 67 now and the book is becoming an old friend... & adversary, and still 63 to go! Thanks, Will Shortz! I may even be ready for the next puzzle level after completing this book sometime next year.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cat Owner on April 10, 2008
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Loved this. It is fun and great for people like me who just started doing crossword puzzles.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lurfy's Ma on July 26, 2010
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My father-in-law has been doing the NY Times crosswords for 70+ years. He doesn't do the Sunday puzzle because it's too hard. He says he likes Monday and Tuesday best. He likes to do them a day late so he can peek.

Sadly, his mobility and vision have been deteriorating. He had a fall recently and was in the hospital for awhile. I got him this book. Everyone said he wouldn't use it. They had bought other books for him and he just did the ones in the paper. For some reason, maybe because he was bed-ridden, he fell in love with this book. He was bragging to me that he did a couple only peeking once.

I am grateful to Will Shortz for this book which is just the right level for my FIL. I'll get him another when he finishes this one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve on September 25, 2010
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Great to get 150 "easy" Times crosswords all in one place for a low price. There are some expectable tradeoffs though: paperback doesn't sit flat on your breakfast table or lap, the way the daily newspaper does. And for us older folks, the type is pretty small. My wife and I solved all this by enlarging each page spread on our home printer, which takes away a bit of the economy, but this alternative actually gives much improved legibility over the original Times print edition. So we're happy with our purchase.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erika on January 22, 2010
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For those just starting to get into crosswords, like myself, this book is great! It makes you think, but doesn't strain your brain. The type is a good size too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By YankeeLaker on December 8, 2011
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I bought this book for my Dad who is in Hospital. He does puzzles often, but prefers easy to mid-level. This book is exactly as billed. Light and easy. Dad has kept this book at his bedside for the last week, working about 2 per day, giving us lots to talk about as the hours pass. At first I thought the size (classic paperback book size) would be too small. But, it turned out to be perfect. Easy to read, and handy size. He has commented at least once each day about how perfect the book is!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandy S on August 31, 2011
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Just what it says in the title. These are light and easy puzzles but they offer enough of a challenge to be interesting. I will actually work these puzzles and be entertained doing them.
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