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100 Years, 100 Crosswords: Celebrating the Crosswords Centennial Spiral-bound – November 6, 2012
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The 100 puzzles are divided into ten chapters of ten puzzles. Each chapter is divided into ten years and contains themes that are related to an important event in that timeframe. So after the first puzzle, the first chapter is 1913-1922, then 1922-1932 and so on all the way to 2003-2012.
Three random themes from the book:
-There's a puzzle devoted to the 1953 proposed description of DNA's structure.
-Premiere of `The Simpsons' in 1989
And the more recent stock market crash in 2000.
There are a lot of gimmicks throughout the book (think Thursday NYT crosswords).
The puzzles are written by well-known crossword names: Elizabeth Long, Brendan Emmett Quigley and Patrick Blindauer... to name a few. The 100 puzzles are never-before published and I would say the difficulty lingers around the Wednesday-Thursday NYT mark, experiences may vary.
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.
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Excellent book. Not flimsy cheap pages which allow ink to fade through. Challenging and fun.Published 1 month ago by Bama
These are very difficult puzzles. Goes to show how dumbed down we have become.Published 2 months ago by B. Balvanz
okay crossword puzzles. some easier than others, some had to cheat on fairly early on. arrived quickly, packaged well. Nice paper to write on! Nice spiral binding.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are a fan of crossword puzzles, this compilation is mid-range challenging, witty, and fun! I recommend it.Published 10 months ago by Nunya