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Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies by Denise Sutherland

I am the author of four books in Wiley's For Dummies series.

Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies

by Denise Sutherland

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-118-30525-6
Published: 1 June 2012

This is a friendly, no-nonsense and comprehensive guide on how to crack these hardest of crosswords. It includes chapters on each of the main cryptic devices, practice crosswords with lots of hints and explanations, long reference lists, and a bit about the history of cryptic crosswords.

Unfolds the mysteries of understanding and solving cryptic crosswords in a way that makes the reader feel clever about themselves. Encouraging, easy to follow, yet challenging. This is the book to get if you are even remotely interested in this topic. Unsurpassed with its explanations and the way it gently but firmly leads the puzzler into the dark realm of cryptic crosswords. Review on Booktopia, by Vic The Dummies Cheat Sheet for this book covers:

  • Understanding Cryptic Clue Anatomy
  • Getting to Grips with Cryptic Crossword Devices
  • Tackling Abbreviations Used in Cryptic Crossword Clues

The inevitable errata, for the first printing:

  • Page 27: In the cryptic clue Huge animals have a crushed pastel hat (9), ‘hat’ is incorrect, the word should be ‘hen’. A better clue is Pastel hen confused huge animals (9)
  • Page 64: The clue for 14 Across should read Having hair, the pudding was returned (7)
  • Page 64: The clue for 1 Across should read Condemned contrarily, to fulfil promise (7). This also affects the clue explanation on page 66.
  • Page 99: The answer to Maiden, wearing Italian flower, beams (5) has 6 letters, not 5.
  • Page 117: The letter length for the clues in the “What makes a clue hard?” sidebar (Reddish-brown argon is found in the moon and Satellite carries Arabic colour) is (6) not (5)

Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies by Denise Sutherland


Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies

by Denise Sutherland

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-118-30521-8
Published: 1 June 2012

This book is a companion volume to Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies. It is a collection of 56 cryptic crosswords for you to solve (most of which are easy), and is a nifty pocket sized book for puzzling on the go. There are just a few reference lists, and a few tips on how to solve cryptics.

If you want to learn how to solve cryptics, don’t buy this book, get Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies.

The Dummies Cheat Sheet for this book covers:

  • Making a Start on a Cryptic Crossword
  • Reference List of Common Abbreviations
  • Spotting Indicator Words

Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies by Denise Sutherland


Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies

by Denise Sutherland and Mark Koltko-Rivera

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-470-59100-0
Published: 1 September 2009

In this book you get to learn about the main encryption methods used in puzzles, and how to crack them. The bulk of the book is three stories (written by my co-author Mark Koltko-Rivera) set in different times of America’s history, and written as series of letters. They have been heavily encrypted, though! To read the stories, you have to crack the codes through the book. Quite a challenge!

The Dummies Cheat Sheet for this book covers:

  • Cryptography 101: Basic Solving Techniques for Substitution Ciphers
  • Understanding the Freemason’s Cipher
  • Crack the Code and Find the Secret Word
  • There are also some free cryptograms to try, from the Dummies website:

Word Searches For Dummies by Denise Sutherland


Word Searches For Dummies

by Denise Sutherland

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-470-45366-7
Published: 13 April 2009
OOP

While there is a bit of text about how to solve word searches, the benefits of solving them, and their history, this is basically a book of word searches. There are hundreds of puzzles, with a great variety. They range from simple word searches to themed puzzles, quizzes, anagrams, and heaps more. There is even a whole chapter devoted to teaching you how to create your own word search puzzle, too, using pen and paper. Definitely an engaging and stimulating book for anyone who loves these popular puzzles.

This book is out of print, but you can find secondhand copies on Amazon.

The Dummies Cheat Sheet for this book covers:

  • How to Solve a Word Search Puzzle
  • Benefits of Solving Puzzles
  • How to Write a Word Search Puzzle
  • Tips for Staying Mentally Fit — Solve Puzzles and More!

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