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Cryptic Crosswords from The Nation Paperback – April 25, 2006
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If you've never done a cryptic crossword puzzle before, start someplace else--101 Cryptic Crosswords: From the New Yorker is excellent.
Frank Lewis apparently has been making cryptic crosswords since the late 1940s. He doesn't play by standard cryptic crossword rules. (Maybe they were developed afterwards?) You aren't guaranteed two "definitions" in a clue (there may be one or three), and there may be no straight definition anywhere in the clue. In addition, he often combines multiple words in the grid together and gives one clue. (e.g. NEO in one place and GOTHIC in another, and one clue that produces NEOGOTHIC). In essence, you have to obtain a lot more long answers than short answers, which, for me, makes the puzzles harder to solve.
The clues are very fun and playful, but I find the puzzles much more difficult than normal cryptics, because of the abnormal clue format.
offer a triple definition!
In puzzle #28, I believe GRAYLEG is wrongly offered as an anagram of LARGELY. This sort of error makes me doubt the integrity of all the clues. It feels like it shows a lack of respect for the solver.
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I am just about to run out of Puzzles from this book and I am crying.
For those who don't like these puzzles and think the clues over long the answer is that every part of a... Read more
I love cryptic crosswords, so I was eager to get into this master's works. He's TOUGH! But both fair and creative. So I love the challenge.Published 11 months ago by G. Allen
I love cryptic crosswords but these were a little different set-up - they have lots of clues that are 2 clues combined and my brain has enough trouble solving these things without... Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Chris Courtney
I'd recommend not buying this book. The clues are inconsistent, there are no explanations for the answers, and, essentially, the author made some mistakes. Read morePublished on December 11, 2007 by Neal Starkman