Cruciverbalism

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Harper Collins, Jul 14, 2009 - Reference - 100 pages
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For the millions of people who do crosswords, the person behind the puzzle is always something of a mystery. What puzzler wouldn't want to know how a constructor thinks when putting together a puzzle? Or the secret rules that guide the selections of clues and answers? Or how to outsmart the constructor by understanding his mindset? A few tips about how to improve solving skills wouldn't hurt, either. Putting it all together in an accessible and witty "guide to life in the grid" is just what everybody wants and needs. CRUCIVERBALISM will help people become better solvers and have more fun doing crosswords. It will also pull back the curtain on puzzle–making itself, outlining the history of crosswords, showing how they have evolved over the past century, and how rules and the mindsets of puzzle editors have changed over time. It will pass along the guidelines the author provides to his stable of puzzle constructors, and tidbits such as the "100 essential words" for the pursuit of crossword happiness. Finally, it will recount the decade–long battle between Old Guard and New Wave constructors, bringing in a cast of colorful characters living in a world of words. The book will be a combination of crossword self–help, wisdom, trivia and stories that will fascinate today's millions of avid puzzlers.

 

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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

This was kind of fun, but too short! Did you know that former NYT Crossword Editor Eugene T. Maleska was EEVIL? He was. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
CHAPTER
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
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Afterword 141
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About the author (2009)

Acclaimed puzzle creator, editor, and publisher Stanley Newman is crossword editor for Newsday, with puzzles syndicated worldwide. He holds the world record for the fastest completion of a New York Times crossword.

Mark Lasswell is the deputy books editor at the Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City.

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