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Large Print Cryptograms Spiral-bound – Large Print, May 1, 2004
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What I like so far about this book is:
• The spiral binding that lets the big book lie flat, or folded back on itself, so you can work either side without awkwardness of positioning.
• In addition to providing all the answers to the puzzles, there is a "hints" section consisting of one hint per puzzle (I prefer two, but so far it's not been a problem.)
• The authors are good writers, and explain the book and the cryptogram process really clearly.
• That each cryptogram includes the author as part of the puzzle (I often find the author name to provide good clues to solving a puzzle).
The authors say that content thread throughout the book is humor. The book is divided into two sections. In the the first, there are 235 puzzles that are the standard fare: quotes about a wide variety of topics, from a wide variety of people. The second has 366, one for each day of the year, plus Leap Day. The author of any given quote was born on that same date. That is, the author of the May 30 quote was born on May 30. It's a clever concept. Some of the clues for this section are a little different than I've ever seen. Many are the usual "T = M" format, but some are quirky: "Three words end with ING." Three clues in one. Fun little twist.
The only thing I'm not wild about is the line spacing of the puzzles. I think there should be a little more room over each line, where you write your answer. Also, even though I need my glasses to do these, I find the smaller size font of other books to be easier to parse.
I've just begun to tackle this hefty volume of puzzles, and expect that—with its over 600 cryptograms—it will be my companion for quite some time. I hope I will continue to find it free of typos! So far, so good. I'll update this if I find an error.