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3.0 out of 5 stars Love the Crosswords, Hate the Paper, February 27, 2007
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This review is from: The New York Times Little Black (and White) Book of Crosswords (Spiral-bound)
Ever since watching the fun documentary "Word Play", I've been a huge crossword puzzle devotee. I've purchased several NYT crossword puzzle books and hungrily completed them, enjoying the word play and the perplexing clues. I was so thrilled to discover the new edition "Little Black and White Book". While there are many things that I really like about this edition, it does have some drawbacks.

First, the format of this book is quite nice. It's smaller than most books, which makes carrying around in your coak pocket very doable. The puzzles are organized in order of difficulty, so if you feel like an easier puzzle or a harder puzzle, it's at your fingertips.

What I don't like is the paper that the puzzles are printed on. Now, I'm an ink solver, but I use an erasable pen. Using one of those pens on this shiny paper creates such a huge mess. The ink doesn't erase well at all, but it smears all over the page. The previous reviewer mentions solving these with pencils, so maybe that's the answer.

Overall, any crossword edition by Will Shortz is a winner in my book. I just wished the paper was of a different quality.
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Initial post: Apr 16, 2007 12:11:51 PM PDT
puzzlemaven says:
You could try erasable gel pens such as Uniball Signo, a fine point. Please do not use a 0.8mm because it's too bold for the smaller grids. Smeary! Hope this helps. An 0.5mm works well, although it's fine it's neater. Good luck! Ebay has stuff like this. DL

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2007 6:46:09 PM PDT
James Hiller says:
Thanks for the idea! I'll check into it. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2007 12:37:58 PM PDT
puzzlemaven says:
You're very welcome! Did you ever get the pens? If so, how do you like them? I sure wish they were easier to find, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2007 6:49:40 AM PST
James Hiller says:
Yes, but it did take a little bit of hunting. They work really well. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2007 7:42:51 AM PST
E. Watts says:
My favorite tools are a SapcePen and a whiteout pen. Like velvet and even if you don't wait long enough for the whiteout to dry the space pen just plows on through.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 9:50:31 AM PDT
P. Mason says:
I LOVE the paper! I use Staples Optiflow pens and they are ideal on this lovely stock - Also did almost entire Little Luxe crossword book, same sort of paper, same pen and it was a joy.
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