This is a friendly, no-nonsense and comprehensive guide on how to crack these hardest of crosswords. It includes chapters on each of the main cryptic devices, practice crosswords with lots of hints and explanations, long reference lists, and a bit about the history of cryptic crosswords.
Unfolds the mysteries of understanding and solving cryptic crosswords in a way that makes the reader feel clever about themselves. Encouraging, easy to follow, yet challenging. This is the book to get if you are even remotely interested in this topic. Unsurpassed with its explanations and the way it gently but firmly leads the puzzler into the dark realm of cryptic crosswords. — Vic, Booktopia
I really like this author’s style of clue writing. Her clues are smooth and creative, not awkward and clumsy like some. If you’re brand new to cryptic crosswords, then I’m sure you’ll love this book. — Kerrabella, Amazon
- Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies
- $19.95 AUD
- Publisher: Wiley Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
- Editor: Charlotte Duff
- Available in: Paperback, Kindle
- ISBN: 978-1-118-30525-6
- Published: 1 June 2012
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The Dummies Cheat Sheet for this book covers:
- Understanding Cryptic Clue Anatomy
- Getting to Grips with Cryptic Crossword Devices
- Tackling Abbreviations Used in Cryptic Crossword Clues
I have written some cryptic references for you here:
The inevitable errata, for older editions
Many thanks to Phill Berrie for his help in finding these!
Page 27: In the cryptic clue Huge animals have a crushed pastel hat (9), ‘hat’ is incorrect, the word should be ‘hen’. A better clue is Pastel hen confused huge animals (9)
Page 64: The clue for 14 Across should read Having hair, the pudding was returned (7)
Page 64: The clue for 1 Across should read Condemned contrarily, to fulfil promise (7). This also affects the clue explanation on page 66.
Page 99: The answer to Maiden, wearing Italian flower, beams (5) has 6 letters, not 5.
Page 117: The letter length for the clues in the “What makes a clue hard?” sidebar (Reddish-brown argon is found in the moon and Satellite carries Arabic colour) is (6) not (5)