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Solving Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies : For Dummies - Denise Sutherland

Solving Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies

For Dummies

Paperback Published: 18th June 2012
ISBN: 9781118305256
Number Of Pages: 216

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The cryptic crossword world…explained

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.

Using worked examples and clear explanations, the book guides the reader through the common and not-so-common clues that can be used to decipher even the most confusing cryptics, and includes practice puzzles to put your new skills to the test.

  • Introduces and explains cryptic crosswords, from the (relatively) simple to the advanced
  • Illustrates the top tips, tricks, and clues to cracking any cryptic through worked examples
  • Covers both Commonwealth and U.S.-style cryptics, and explains the subtle differences between them
  • Provides plenty of practice crosswords for all levels of difficulty
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.

About the Author

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 Crosswords For Dummies and Word Searches For Dummies.

Come twist with me?!!??


This helps to unravel the mysteries that are cryptic crosswords. It will help you to find your groove and twist your mind, to enable you to cross that minefield of weirdness that always made cryptic crosswords seem an insurmountable barrier.



good guide for cryptic crossword learners


I have never sone cryptic crosswords before & the book helped me to understand how to do them



Must Have Initial Guide Book


If you are interested in starting to do cryptic crosswords then Solving Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies is a really excellent guide book. It gives lots of examples and lists the most common tricks of the trade. I find that I go to those lists constantly while doing the example crosswords in the book. They could be made easier by having all the lists in one place (some are in the chapters) and providing page tabs. Brilliant - I am going to get Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies as well as this one.

Sydney Australia


NOW I know why that's the answer


Explains answers that I got, but didn't know why. Great links to sites that are interesting, informative and useful.





Unfolds the mysteries of understanding and solving cryptic crosswords in a way that makes the reader feel clever about themselves. Encouraging, easy to follow, yet challenging. This is the book to get if you are even remotely interested in this topic. Unsurpassed with its explanations and the way it gently but firmly leads the puzzler into the dark realm of cryptic crosswords.



Loving this book!


I knew I'd have a while to wait between appointments today so I left the house armed with my brand new copy of Solving Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies and a nice sharp pencil. I'm pleased to say, I had a fabulous time. I'm not new to cryptics; for as long as I can remember lazy holiday afternoons at our house saw both my parents and all four of my grandparents sitting around together working a cryptic crossword. Cryptic crosswords are in my blood. Still, I learned a lot today...as well as enjoying Denise Sutherland's delightful sense of humour. Thanks, Denise. I'll look forward to enjoying cryptic crosswords even more now I can use my newly-acquired super-powers.



Solving Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies

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Introduction 1

Part I: Diving Into the World of Cryptic Crosswords 5

Chapter 1: Introducing Cryptic Crosswords 7

Chapter 2: Untangling Anagrams 23

Chapter 3: Charade Clues: Piecing Together Linked Words  33

Chapter 4: Putting Words Inside Words 45

Chapter 5: Using Subtraction 53

Chapter 6: Examining Reversals 61

Chapter 7: Decoding Homophones 69

Chapter 8: Interpreting Double Definitions 79

Chapter 9: Revealing Hidden Words 89

Chapter 10: Letter Gathering: Abbreviations and Other Oddments 97

Chapter 11: Enjoying Cryptics Around the Globe 111

Part II: Sample Cryptic Crosswords 119

Chapter 12: Easy Peasy Cryptics 121

Chapter 13: Challenging Cryptics 139

Chapter 14: Treacherous Cryptics 149

Part III: Hints and Answers 159

Chapter 15: Hints 161

Chapter 16: Answers 167

Part IV: The Part of Tens 173

Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Being a Better Solver 175

Chapter 18: Ten (Plus Two!) Puzzling Resources 181

Appendix: Word Lists 187

ISBN: 9781118305256
ISBN-10: 1118305256
Series: For Dummies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 18th June 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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