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.
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.
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