The Times How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games.
Expert crossword solver and setter, Tim Moorey, seeks to dispel the myth that cryptic crosswords are the preserve of the elite. In this new, easy guide, he demonstrates that anyone who enjoys words and word play can learn to solve a cryptic crossword clue.
With clear pictorially presented explanations for many clues, you too can revel in the deep satisfaction that comes from finishing cryptic crossword puzzles.
• Contains 15 new practice puzzles from 15 different newspaper and magazine sources.
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It surprises people tohear that thereare,asset down by Ximenes (see box) and
theyare followed toalargeextent by the cluewriters and crosswordsetters whose
workappears here. So which crosswords are not covered? Barred crosswords
Thegridsin the caseof the puzzles we areconsidering here containblack
squareblocks, hence theyare seenin blocked puzzles. • Theothermain type not
beingconsidered here hasagrid with bars rather than blocks, hence the term
An exampleofhowthis works isseen inthis clue whichhas a simple juxtaposition of
three parts fromwhichthe solverhas to discover which parts are which before
progress can be made. Here it could be thateitherfind or above is the definition.
Puzzlefailing inChina (3, 7) As well as linkwords between definition and wordplay
, there can also be similar linkage within the wordplay to connect its different
parts. Here it is and, a simple additive indication. The other linkword is indicates
... with lard (9) The third example is one wherein the anagram fodder goes well
with the definition to form a believable whole: ANAGRAM CLUE : The new
stadium designed for a football club (4,3,6) For is a linkword here in the sense