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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Over the next few years I found thatI could answer someofthe clues as I got to
understand and decode the languageused bythesetter, Tim Moorey. At this stage
in 2008,I started toseekout relevant booksand courses that might help me and
cryptic clue types, all of the abbreviations used by all setters, and, best of all, how
to actually tackle the crossword and break the ice to answer the first clue. The
workshop essentially is the practical applicationof the contentsof Tim's book.
Itis commonlythought that: • yourequirea good knowledge of rarewords, literature
and the classics • answers are ambiguous • thecryptic is always harder than
theQuick,noncryptic puzzle • therearenorules • youneedtohave 'thatsort of mind' I
Thesearetheother terms we shall use: • Answers to clues, running across and
down are entered into a grid, popularly adiagram, which has across and
downempty squarestobe filled. • Thegridsin the caseof the puzzles we
areconsidering here ...
Clue answers are variously called solutions, entries and indeed answers. •
Where a solution letter, or letters, is able to be confirmed by intersecting entries,
they are checkedletters. Unchecked letters (unchesin the trade) are therefore the