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Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-30521-8
176 pages
October 2012
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Put your cryptic-cracking skills to use!

With over 50 puzzles and 1,750 clues for you to conquer, Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies is filled with cryptics that range from (relatively) simple to expert-level, along with brief explanations of the most common types of clues and helpful hints on how to solve them.  Used on its own or as a companion to Solving Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies, this book will keep your brain busy for hours!

  • Apply the basics – use fundamental rules to solve puzzles
  • Build your solving skills – practise consistently on various grid types
  • Tackle pesky anagrams – decode anagram clues aplenty
  • Use sums to find the answer – add and subtract letters to get the correct word
  • Detect double definitions – answer hints with more than one meaning
  • Explore hidden messages – become a master at uncovering unseen solutions


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The World of Cryptic Crosswords 5

Chapter 1: Introducing Cryptic Crosswords 7

Chapter 2: Reference Lists 19

Part II: Cryptic Crosswords 25

Chapter 3: Easy Peasy Cryptics 27

Chapter 4: Challenging Cryptics 79

Chapter 5: Treacherous Cryptics 117

Part III: The Answers 145

Chapter 6: The Answers Revealed! 147
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Author Information

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 Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies and Word Searches For Dummies.
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