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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate Crosswords Omnibus
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312316224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312316228
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Joe Schmoe reviewer on January 5, 2005
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I was buying the NY Times everyday just so I could do the puzzle at lunchtime at the office. In the area I lived, it was $1 a day! Do the math. This collection saved me a bundle.

As a habitual crossword puzzler, I switched from habitually buying the paper each morning to habitually zeroxing the next puzzle in this book. I found it much easier to copy the puzzles than to hold this rather bulky tome. And copying allowed me to enlarge them to a full letter size page if I so desired (though it was not necessary -- the puzzles are their normal dimensions and fit two-to-a-page in this collection).

Working off a copy also discouraged me from turning the page and starting a different puzzle when I got stuck on the really tough Friday and Saturday puzzles.

If you're a habitual puzzler, this book is a god send.

Bottom line(s): The price is obviously fantastic. The collection is obviously HUGE! The puzzles are just like the daily paper -- from Monday-easy to Saturday-nearly-impossible. I never ran into a puzzle I remembered doing in the paper.

No cons, but some advice... It's not the kind of book you'll want to carry around since it is, of course, large. And if you're not a habitual puzzler, it might end up on a shelf unused since it is a daunting number of puzzles.

Also, in case you're a novice puzzler, the NY Times puzzles can get pretty hard. If you're used to clues like, "Wheel OF Fortune's Sajak" for p-a-t, you're in for a challenge. Instead, you'll be getting "foie gras" for p-a-t-e. (Frequent foreign language clues, people you've never heard of, obscure island names, etc.)

The good news is that your vocabulary will expand and you'll learn a lot more than you would from the TV guide puzzle.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ramesh Gopal VINE VOICE on September 19, 2005
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If you have tried and liked the crossword puzzles in the New York Times, but do not subscribe to the newspaper, this book is for you. It is certainly more cost effective than subscribing just for the puzzles. There is also a crossword only online subscription option, incidentally, but this book probably packs more bang for the buck. If you have not previously solved New York Times puzzles, it's worth trying a few before you buy the book.

A few things to be aware of: The daily puzzles in the paper increase in difficulty from Monday to Friday. As far as I can tell, the ones in the book are not arranged in any particular order. Also this is a compilation of puzzles that appeared over the past decade. In so far as a few questions deal with ongoing events, they are now harder than back when the events were in the news. Non-New Yorkers may be stumped by allusions to local personalities.

On the whole the book should provide many hours of entertainment.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Olive on June 10, 2007
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I love crossword puzzles! This book is too awkward to use though for two reasons. One is that it's heavy and hard to hold open anywhere except at a table (my favorite spot is the recliner or lawn chair!). The second reason is that the puzzle is on the wrong part of the page. It should be near the binding or even in the middle with the clues surrounding it. Again, it wouldn't be as bad at the table, but that's not where I do them.

The puzzles are great though!!
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By L. King VINE VOICE on September 2, 2003
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One of my defining personality traits is cheapness. When looking for a crossword book, I wanted the most crosswords for my money, which this definitely is. If you did 3 a day it would still take you most of a year to finish the book. I expect to own the book for 3 or 4 years at the rate I'm going. I would have given it five stars, because of the great array of puzzles included, but it may be too much of a good thing...Maybe I don't really need 1001 crosswords...
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kuhlbeans on January 9, 2010
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I think this is an excellent compilation of crosswords and a good value however there are a couple of things keeping it from being great. The first, though it doesn't bother me so much, is that each crossword is only half a page. This is probably equivalent to their actual size in the paper but I know some people prefer larger print in their crossword books. Next up, the solutions are crammed into the back, something like nine per page, and I find that their small size makes it a little harder to find a particular word that I cannot solve in the puzzle without seeing scanning others by accident. These are minor complaints, what gets this book 3-stars are the following two items. I cannot yet tell and the author doesn't make note of whether the puzzles are in weekday order (and thus difficulty) and all mixed up. He explains how they are mixed up over larger date periods, so a puzzle may be next to one run two years later, but not whether they are in the weekday order most people would expect. Finally my largest problem with the book: each puzzle is not accompanied by its title so you do not know the theme of the harder clues with the long solutions, which makes it very difficult to get some puzzles going.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 21, 2010
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A friend gave me this as a gift. It's a good selection of mostly easy puzzles, with a few Friday level puzzles sprinkled in.

I'm not really interested in the easy puzzles, although I may whip through a couple of them as a warmup. The book doesn't indicate the level of difficulty, so you need to glance at the clues to get an idea.

The big problem is the way the book is bound. On the even-numbered pages, where the grid is on the right edge of the page, the grid is so close to the binding that you literally can't get at it with your pen and pencil. Added to that, the book is bulky and very heavy. I've been carefully tearing out pages one at a time, but even with caution sometimes the page tears, and part of the grid, or part of the clues are torn off. Perhaps if I had a razor handy, or an X-acto knife, I could do it more surgically. Still, perforations would be much easier.

I'd recommend this book if you want mostly easy puzzles of the Monday-Wednesday type. If you can find a good way of getting the pages out or folding the book so that you can write on the even-numbered grids, this will keep you occupied for a long, long time.
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