The Crossword Obsession: The History and Lore of the World's Most Popular Pastime
This lively, detailed history of the crossword puzzle not only gives us a few clues about how and why these puzzles became so popular, but also introduces us to the people behind the story and the surprising role crosswords have played in our world. From square one to the last word, this marvelous tribute includes: * Origins of the modern crossword puzzle, with examples of early word games * Insider tips from competition champs and prominent puzzlemakers * General solving strategies and secrets * Crossword controversies, such as "crosswordese" * Cluing and construction for the Will Wengs of tomorrow-including information on the latest computer software for the puzzle constructor * All about crossword tournaments and contests * Valuable reference section-including websites for crosswords and research websites * PLUS: A special bonus selection of challenging puzzles!
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The Crossword Obsession by Coral Amende Subtitle: The History and Lore of the World’s Most Popular Pastime The Crossword Obsession is an interesting, lighthearted book about crossword puzzles. The brief first chapter tells the history of crossword puzzling up to the time the book was written in 2001. But what I found most helpful was insights the author brought to readers in interviews with puzzle constructors and editors. I never realized that knowing how a constructor approaches the task of creating a puzzle would help solvers – but I believe it will. Also included is a bibliography of reference books constructors use in their creative process – and I’m guessing they’d be helpful to have on the bookshelf of a dedicated solver. And who knew the controversies that swirl in the world of the cruciverbalist? The plusses and minutes of “crossword-ese;” the use of brand names; and how many esoteric words are allowed per puzzle? Themes. Clues. All this and more combine to make a fascinating read if the reader has patience and perseverance. As it is, readers have to dig for this information – The Crossword Obsession should have been in narrative form rather than in a disorganized (and un-indexed -- unforgiveable) mish-mash.
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Reading this book is like watching a documentary film about everything crosswordese, from history to construction to solving to publishing. Don't expect a smooth narrative format because you'll be ... Read full review
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