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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Novice Solvers, April 6, 2008
This review is from: How to Conquer the New York Times Crossword Puzzle: Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Master America's Favorite Puzzle (Paperback)
I received this book as a Christmas gift. And it has changed my world. I was born and grew up in Xi'An, China. Moved to the US when I was 30 years old. So American crosswords were almost impossible for me to crack, until I read Amy Reynaldo's book.

Her chapters on "100 Must-Know Words" & "Word Banks" have saved me hours and hours of google time. Without her succinct explanations on "Crossword Glossary", "Understanding Themes" & the "Constructor's Tricks", I would have been forever lost in the darkness of this puzzling crossword world.

I was so excited about Amy's book that I started my own LA Times Crossword Corner (formerly Star Tribune Crossword Corner) before I even finished her chapter on "Step-by-Step Thursday Puzzle".

I've also emailed Amy (Orange) many times as I constantly encounter all sorts of crazy clues when I am blogging. She has never disappointed me. She always provides me with the concise information I need, always in a very efficient manner. And she is so patient in explaining the WHY and HOW to me (a total stranger to her).

If you want to start doing NY Times, or LA Times, or any crossword, you should consider buying this book. It's full of gems, and so easy to carry around for reference (little over 200 pages).
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