Posted by Colin Blackburn on September 22nd, 2008
Now that many crossword devotees have bought Jonathan Crowther’s book, Collins have decided to remainder it. It is now available for the knock-down price of £5.99 from the online, high quality, remainder bookshop Postscript. I’d recommend this book for anyone with a serious interest in tougher cryptic crosswords, especially the thematic puzzles. The book contains biographies of many prominent setters, some puzzles, from those setters, and an introduction by the author where he spells out his ideas on fairness in cryptic clues.
Here’s the blurb:
Offering a glimpse into the arcane world of Araucaria, Phi, Quark, Serendip et al, Jonathan Crowther (Azed of The Observer) presents a biographical A-Z of over 80 of his fellow crossword setters. His book does not pretend to help solve crosswords, but delving into the mindsets of the compilers might just help. There is also a selection of 43 puzzles, mostly chosen by their setters, all previously published, and ranging from straightforward ‘plain’ puzzles to fiendishly complex thematic crosswords. Solutions at the back.