With clear pictorially presented explanations for many clues, you too can revel in the deep satisfaction that comes from finishing cryptic crossword puzzles.
Designed to apply to the solving of any cryptic crossword, this book develops and expands Tim’s first book, How to Master The Times Crossword, and is designed to guide the cryptic crossword beginner to an enriched solving experience.
• Contains 15 new practice puzzles from 15 different newspaper and magazine sources.
• Many new hints and tips to help every solver
• Greatly expanded lists e.g. of those all-important abbreviations you should know
• A completely new demonstration of how one solver tackles a typical daily cryptic
• Up-to-date sections on the latest help available online eg smartphone and tablet apps
• In-depth and clear explanations of every clue and puzzle answer
• Previously published as ‘HOW TO MASTER THE TIMES CROSSWORD: The Times Cryptic Crossword Demystified’
Tim Moorey has been solving Times crosswords for over 50 years, having begun in his early teens. His setting career started at an equally early age, when he submitted puzzles to the London Evening News, who offered two guineas for each successful puzzle. His business career, as a financial controller and director of several BP subsidiary companies, allowed little time for more setting until 1991 when Tim started a second career at the Civil Service College and joined The Sunday Times team. He now sets crosswords as Mephisto and Owzat in various newspapers and magazines. In addition, having won the monthly Observer Azed contest many times, he was the joint winner in the annual competition for 2004/5. Tim also runs crossword workshops for beginners and, as the Cluru (the Clue Guru), provides help for puzzled puzzlers for the Crossword Club.
Even expert crossword-solvers struggle with cryptics. The cluescan often seem nonsensical, mysterious and infuriating, but finallycracking them is immensely satisfying. Solving CrypticCrosswords For Dummies is designed to help even the most casualcrossword lover master these mental feats of gymnastics. Packedwith clear explanations, helpful hints, and practice crosswords,the book explains how to approach these problems in a clear andlogical manner, providing hints on identifying the different kindsof clues and tips on how to solve them.
Using worked examples and clear explanations, the book guidesthe reader through the common and not-so-common clues that can beused to decipher even the most confusing cryptics, and includespractice puzzles to put your new skills to the test.Introduces and explains cryptic crosswords, from the(relatively) simple to the advancedIllustrates the top tips, tricks, and clues to cracking anycryptic through worked examplesCovers both Commonwealth and U.S.-style cryptics, and explainsthe subtle differences between themProvides plenty of practice crosswords for all levels ofdifficulty
Cryptic crosswords have emerged as one of today's most popularbrainteasers, and Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies isthe one-stop resource for becoming a puzzle pro.