A-Z of Crosswords

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2006 - Games - 344 pages
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Under the pseudonym Azed, Jonathan Crowther has created some of the world's most mind-bogglingly difficult crosswords over the past three decades. In this insightful guide, Jonathan shares his views on the world of cryptic crosswords and discusses both what is allowed?and what really shouldn't be?in clue setting. With reviews of the work of the major clue-setters working today along with puzzles chosen to illustrate each setter's quirks and idiosyncrasies, this is the ideal resource for all cryptic crossword enthusiasts.

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About the author (2006)

Jonathan Crowther was born in Liverpool in 1942, and was educated at Rugby School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he read classics. He joined Oxford University Press in 1964 and worked for OUP in India, London, and Oxford for 35 years, latterly as an EFL lexicographer, before retiring in 2000.

Jonathan 'discovered' XIMENES, the father of cryptic crosswords, while still at Rugby and became an instant convert. After leaving university he started submitting occasional puzzles to The Listener under the pseudonym Gong, a family nickname, and competed in Ximenes competitions until taking over from him in the Observer after his death in 1971. Azed No. 1 first appeared in the Observer in March 1972.

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