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Will Shortz's Favorite Crossword Puzzles is a must-have for any serious puzzler, and jolly good fun for anyone else.” ―CNN.com

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Will Shortz has been the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He has edited countless books of crossword puzzles, Sudoku, KenKen, and all manner of brain-busters.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312645503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312645502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, it IS Will Shortz, after all! These are not just the Sunday ones, but from all of the weekdays, so have varying levels of difficulty. Some are frustrating, but we ARE talking about the New York Times puzzles here...
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I love the NYT crosswords and have been an avid fan for more years than I would like to admit. I enjoy word play, puns, double meanings and the other ploys of crossword construction. These silly puzzles employ misspelt words as answers, strange constructions that make no sense, faulty definitions,weird themes and incorrect clues. I found the puzzles obtuse and not in the least enjoyable.

If you enjoy modern crossword puzzles as they should be, avoid this one. I wish I had. Please don't take this as a condemnation of the NYT crosswords in general.
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This is one of the best puzzle books for the true crossword connoisseur. Here you have a collection of the most unique puzzles to ever run in the NYT during the Shortz era. This is not for humdrum, day-to-day solving -- this is to enchant you with the genius and innovation of some of the most talented crossword constructors ever. Buy this book.
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I have an unusual complaint about this book -- the solutions at the back don't always provide all of the answers.

Without spoiling the answers for anyone, I'll just say that in cases where a cell in the puzzle has something unusual going on in it, the solution section often doesn't indicate this at all. Some of the puzzles do have this extra info, and some puzzles even have extra info written below the solution, explaining what's going on in the solution. The solution to 43 is numbered as 44, and vice versa; it seems to have been put together in a rush.

I love the NYT puzzles, and Will Shortz is terrific, but this is a bit of a disappointment.
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Puzzles are of varying difficulty which suits us just fine. Some days it is good to have an easy puzzle. So far they seem well diversed and they are mostly on the small grid side. I still like the Sunday crosswords the best.
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As a W. Shortz's fans whose limit is Thursday's level of difficulty, this collection includes many that are a stretch for me. Love that they keep my brain working.
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The puzzles Shortz has chosen are indeed quality puzzles with clever clues and a very unique twist or theme. We expect this much from the NYT. However, I'm a little disappointed that they are mostly chosen for the art of the puzzlemaker rather than the enjoyment of the solver. It's like a musician who chooses music based on the technical brilliance of the performer or the original nature of the composition rather than whether or not it sounds good. I create crosswords, too, and really appreciate the difficulty in making some of these work, such as having all the clues form a sentence with their first letters. Clever, but the solver doesn't know this while solving and the cleverness is largely lost on us who work the puzzles. There also aren't very many in the book. It's so thin it isn't even stout enough to serve as a surface to work the puzzles on. You have to work on a table or brace the book against your knee if in bed or a recliner. Notwithstanding these shortcomings, I am enjoying it a great deal.
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My wife and I like to do puzzles together and so buy books such as this. In this case, we love the many surprises these delightful puzzles bring us. In one puzzle, you might have to draw a rook (rookery) or a pawn (pawnshop), or you might find the word spelled upside down and have to turn the puzzle over to see what the actual word might be (uoow). Every puzzle comes with its unique surprise and every one is a delight.

We now do the puzzles sparingly because we don't want to run out -- and there are only 101 of them.
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