The Oxford guide to word games
Today crossword puzzle fans and other word-game addicts number in the millions, and they will welcome this charming reference book, which encompasses not just crosswords but acrostics, anagrams, Scrabble, tongue-twisters, and countless other games of verbal ingenuity.
The book recounts the origins of various word games, outlines their history, describes how to play them, and discusses the many names and rules they have acquired over the years. In addition, the book is full of delightful anecdotes about famous authors and other notables who have enjoyed word games.
Whether one loves riddles or chronograms, puns or Consequences, this book will be a source of endless fascination and delight.
"A tidy, well-organized playground for word games with just the right blend of history, anecdote, asides and examples."--St. Petersburg Times
"The ideal reference work in which to find an explanation for almost every classic word game...entertaining.--Choice
"An irresistible collection of verbal ingenuity...The examples are delightful. High recommended."--Seattle Times
"Everything you want to know...about man's ageless fascination with word play."--Will Weng
An irresistible collection for anyone who likes to test his or her wits with verbal acrobatics
About the Author:
Tony Augarde is a member of the Oxford Dictionaries Department
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