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The New York Times Will Shortz's Funniest Crossword Puzzles: From the Pages of The New York Times Spiral-bound – August 12, 2004

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“[Will Shortz] is the crossword king.” ―Steve Kroft, 60 Minutes

“The prince of crossword puzzlers.” ―Greenwich Magazine

“The Riddler's got nothing on Will Shortz.” ―Time Out New York

“Will Shortz is [the crossword book world's] John Grisham.” ―Martin Arnold

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312324898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312324896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
These crossword puzzles are, for the most part, easy to medium difficulty. The twist is that they're "funny". By funny, I mean kind of corny, but in a good way. People who are familiar with NY Times puzzles will recognize this type of puzzle: there's often a gimmick or particular style of pun that shows up in 3 or 4 large clues in the puzzle. They often show up in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday puzzles.

I can easily recommend this book, it's a great one to do on airplanes to stave off the grumpiness that most people feel while traveling. It also makes for a nice go-to book when you know you want a quicker or less difficult puzzle. A great gift, for yourself or someone else!
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I got this book for a Christmas present and finished it fairly quickly. It was pleasant. The puzzles are a mixed lot of difficulty, mostly on the easier side. The "funny" part involves puns and wordplay and the humorous quotation format.

Good for medium level solvers.
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I didn't like these puzzles much. They had some amusement value, but my chief complaint was that they were too easy. Maybe even easier than the Monday New York Times puzzle.
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I enjoy puzzles with a funny or punny theme, but many, many of these puzzles contain a pet peeve of mine. I much prefer that the longer theme answers be self-contained to give a decent chance of solving them; in this book, however, the theme answers are all part of a single quote, or even worse, a made-up quip. Half the fun of solving a themed puzzle is figuring out what the theme IS, then solving each clue. I would say about half of these puzzles have clues that consist of "Quip, part 1" or whatever. Boring!
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This is a nice selection of fun crosswords, but they are too easy.
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I did not find these puzzles either challenging or amusing - would have been better off just to buy a penny press book off the grocery store shelf.
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The New York Times crossword puzzles many times contain longer word answers that are answers to word plays or puns in the clues. The book claims to be full of "side-spliting" humor and while that may be a stretch, the puzzles are pretty challenging of the weekday variety. I got this at the bargain price of $3.98 and considering the actual daily paper costs a $1.50, this was a steal.
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These crossword puzzles are intriguing but I have to take exception to the title. Honestly, I fail to see what is "funniest" about them. But always fun, they do open up new ways of looking at a familiar word!
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