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Cluetopia : The Story of 100 Years of the Crossword - David Astle

Cluetopia

The Story of 100 Years of the Crossword

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A celebration of the 100th birthday of the crossword puzzle.

Crosswords are not as old as you think. The first one appeared a century ago, the little square keeping in remarkable shape. Cluetopia is here to toast the centenary, whizzing you through 100 years of remarkable clues, across the world, seeking the inside stories.

Come travel to New Guinea, Venezuela and Metropolis: every destination arising from a clue. Encounter love, murder, hoaxes, propaganda. Visit a Maori funeral, a Bass Strait oil-rig, a Russian game show-just some of side-trips locked inside a crossword.

With almost 100 mini-chapters, each one with a clue to crack, Cluetopia is a book for word lovers and puzzle fans. You'll see how crosswords capture the life around them, from prison cells to outer space. A holiday for the head, Cluetopia is as fun, as wild and as wordy as David's previous bestseller, Puzzled.

About the Author

David Astle has written two novels, Marzipan Plan and Book of Miles, plus three non-fiction works: Puzzled, One Down, One Missing and Offbeat Australia. Between books, he drives the world to delight and despair as Friday's crossword setter, DA, appearing in both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Actor Geoffrey Rush, in fact, describes David as 'the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords - a complete mind fuck'. Which is possibly a compliment. As a feature writer, David has investigated luck, lying and fridge magnets, plus a hundred different topics for various magazines. He also reviews books for Radio National. David's short plays have been performed in both Sydney and Melbourne, while his short stories have won awards, including a trip to Beijing via Dublin as part of the James Joyce Suspended Sentence Prize in 2001. He is currently Mr Dictionary on the SBS game show, Letters + Numbers.

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    • Difficult To Follow
    • Disappointing
    • Not What I Expected

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      I found this book nearly unfathomable! Perhaps I missed the essence of its structure?

      One of the most baffling of publications I have encountered and I am a crossword buff.

      Not sure who this is targeted at in a reading sense, certainly not in a style I prefer.

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      Pros

      • Informative
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • A Bit Slow

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      • Older Readers
      • Reference

      People that are familiar with David Astle, eg: people that do his crosswords, will like this but not really accessable to anyone else.

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      ISBN: 9781743314531
      ISBN-10: 1743314531
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 320
      Published: 1st November 2013
      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.3
      Weight (kg): 0.43
      Edition Number: 1