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Four-Letter Words: And Other Secrets of a Crossword Insider Paperback – August 5, 2008
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Why people should do crossword puzzles is a subject for the gerontologists and will not be debated here. Suffice to say you may know, as I do, some folks who could benefit from the practice and perhaps don't have all the crossword skills that the more experienced puzzlers have by now internalized. Arnot lays it all out in such an engaging way that by the end of the book one will have learned more than enough to fold the NY Times back to the puzzle page, put on the readers and amaze your friends!
Once you have gleaned some of Arnot's vast knowledge the answer to every puzzler's question, "How smart am I?" will be "Pretty darn smart!"
One of the most puzzling of the publishers' attempts to transfer books to Kindle is that so many publishers seem not to understand the concept of a "paragraph." One gets the sense that the transfer is being supervised by people who have never seen (or rather, read) a printed book.
This particular instance is notable for a fairly novel way to mangle paragraphs. Some of the paragraphs are indented, and some are not! I'd say it's about an 80-20 ratio or so. Was there some sort of Solomnic compromise in the editing room about whether to indent paragraphs? (For instance, "Unkeyed in crosswords" or "For decades, the dictionary" or "The fact that Erlenkotter's" begin paragraphs that are unindented.) The strange formatting is distracting and, particularly for a crossword book, annoying.
And as usual, there are a few of those sui generis Kindle typos, "buriedthere"; "tothe" and "StamfordCrossword" all make appearances as single words; and there was also one of those in-text hyphenations of an unhyphenated word that was not at the end of a line. But this is fairly normal even for reasonable Kindle transfers and was not notably distracting.
Of course, the transfer is still better than most Kindle transfers, but why should crazy paragraph formatting that is unacceptable in a printed book suddenly become acceptable on a Kindle?
The book itself is well-written and engaging, full of funny, interesting and educational stories.Read more ›