Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 30, 2020 - Games & Activities - 208 pages
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The cryptic crossword world explained the fun and easy way

Even expert crossword-solvers struggle with cryptics. The clues can often seem nonsensical, mysterious and infuriating, but finally cracking them is immensely satisfying. Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies is designed to help even the most casual crossword lover master these mental feats of gymnastics. Packed with clear explanations, helpful hints, and practice crosswords, the book explains how to approach these problems in a clear and logical manner, providing hints on identifying the different kinds of clues and tips on how to solve them.

  • Explains cryptic crosswords, from the (relatively) simple to advanced puzzles
  • Guides readers through common and not-so-common clues to help decipher even the most confusing cryptics
  • Illustrates the top tips, tricks, and clues to cracking any cryptic
  • Includes practice puzzles to put your new skills to the test
  • Covers both Commonwealth and U.S. style cryptics and highlights the subtle differences between each

Cryptic crosswords have emerged as one of today's most popular brainteasers, and Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies is the one-stop resource for becoming a puzzle pro.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
CHAPTER
9
Untangling Anagrams
23
Piecing Together Linked Words
33
Using Subtraction
53
Examining Reversals
61
Decoding Homophones
69
CHAPTER
89
CHAPTER
111
Easy Peasy Cryptics
121
CHAPTER
139
CHAPTER
149
Hints and Answers
161
CHAPTER
175
Ten Plus Two Puzzling Resources
181
Word Lists
187

CHAPTER
95

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About the author (2020)

Denise Sutherland is a syndicated puzzle author. Her crosswords, word searches and other puzzles appear in a range of publications around the world, and she has written many puzzle books, including Cryptic Crossword Puzzles For Dummies and Word Searches For Dummies.

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