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100 Years, 100 Crosswords: Celebrating the Crosswords Centennial Spiral-bound – November 6, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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This is a cute collection of crosswords that offers up a slice of history with each puzzle.
I like themed puzzles best and if one helps me learn something more than just new words (a valuable prize, for sure), then so much the better.
The puzzles themselves are probably somewhere between easy and medium for an aficionado, but you should enjoy the little tidbits from each "era" (basically ten-year increments in ten sections to get you the eponymous 100 years on the cover).
I bought this with a collection of New York Times puzzles and I like to switch back and forth between them to shake up the pace of completion.
The puzzles are of a nice size and readability. The spiral bound is clean and easy to turn (it does not get stuck like some spiral bounds I've known).
You should be able to do this book in pen and enjoy the trips down memory lane (even if they might extend beyond your own memories)!
- Warning: There are some puzzles that use the ridiculous requirement of whole words or symbols in a single box. It's a terrible and cheap way to complete a puzzle and takes what should be a 5-star book down a full notch.
I can almost always work my way through a Sunday sized puzzle from the New York Times or the like. So my opinion is that "100 Years, 100 Crosswords" contains a good collection of "snack sized" crossword puzzles. The puzzles aren't Sunday sized, and in most cases weren't all that difficult to solve, but they are well constructed and challenging. Just right for a quick puzzle fix without committing to a Sunday-sized amount of time or effort.
However, I never really made sense out of the "100 Years" bit. Some of the historical puzzles did obviously come from a particular (bygone) era. And they were fun to do on that basis. But other puzzles that claimed to be from the 1950s or 60s seemed to include clues and references that were much more modern. This wasn't a problem — the puzzles were generally worth doing — but the dates on the margins of the puzzle pages never provided me with any useful information.
Long story short, I found this to be a worthwhile collection of puzzles.
That said, this is still an excellent collection, full of imaginative props (which other reviewers describe). As well, they are much easier to navigate than the "Crossword Superstar" series from the same publisher.