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Crossword Puzzle Challenges for Dummies

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Eight bonus chapters explain how to construct your own puzzles!

Open the book for a brand-new collection of brain-twisting puzzles

Looking for a crossword challenge? All you have to do is open the book, sharpen your pencil (or, hot shot, uncap your pen), and get ready to match wits with Patrick Berry, one of today's top puzzle constructors. You get 70 all-new crosswords th
Paperback, 186 pages
Published March 26th 2004 by For Dummies
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Feb 06, 2015 Pita-eater rated it it was amazing
As many have already noted, this book has a misleading, highly unfortunate title. It is not about how to solve crossword puzzles. It is in fact a manual for how to create newspaper-worthy crossword puzzles, like those found in the New York Times. Mr. Berry graciously shares his expertise in this a one-of-a-kind guide. Having read it, I am now making my own puzzles quite happily.
May 29, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing
The title is completely misleading. Not only is this book totally NOT for dummies, but the text of the book is really about puzzle constructing, not solving. Actually, it's more like two books. In the first book you get 70 great crossword puzzles, of increasing difficulty. I'm up to number 20, and I'd say it's about NYT Wednesday to Thursday difficulty. So, you get at last 40 puzzles above NYT Thursday level, definitely not dummy stuff! The other book is a treatise on crossword puzzle constructi ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Brent rated it really liked it
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This would be the manual on how to create your own crossword puzzles--not the cheesy ones with unsymmetrical grids, but those that newspapers publish. The author, a professional crossword puzzle creator, instructs on how to do it. He writes well, and the instruction is entertaining. 70 new puzzles are included.
Jun 21, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
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Very clear (and helpful) advice about making crosswords, and 70 new crosswords to boot.
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I really good primer of practical advice with examples on crossword puzzle construction.
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