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Not for the faint of heart...,
This review is from: The Crossword Obsession: The History and Lore of the World's Most Popular Pastime (Hardcover)
For those who merely dabble in cruciverbalism, this book is best left on the shelf. But for those who've done enough crosswords to know Cathy Millhauser from Nancy Salomon, Merl Reagle from Rich Norris, and especially for the budding constructor, "The Crossword Obsession" is a must-have. Constructors and editors from Will Shortz to Trip Payne to Merl Reagle discuss what they love about crosswords, the favorite themes they've done, editors of the past, and more. Though only one chapter is actually labeled as one on tips for constructors, the entire book -- with the exception of the first few pages, which tell the fascinating history of crosswords -- is a mine of ideas and information for aspiring crossword constructors. Those who are hoping for deep insight into just *why* crosswords are such a popular phenomenon -- after all, why do we solvers enjoy frustration so much as to want to do it again? -- will be disappointed. Those who are fascinated with the business of creating and solving crosswords and wonder how it's done will be more than satisfied.