Crossworld: One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but the false modesty and arrogance overwhelm, October 1, 2007
I really want to rate this 2.5 stars.
Do you have a friend who says things like, "Yes, I may have gotten 800 on the math SAT but I only got an embarrassing 690 verbal?" If so, then you might be able to tolerate Romano's prose. If not, be forewarned: unless you can complete the Saturday New York Times puzzle in 10 minutes, you will be put in your place over...more
Some critics saw Romano, who frequently injects himself into his narrative, as irritating and biased. ("I am hopelessly addicted to The New York Times crossword puzzle," he writes, thereby never distancing himself from his subject.) Small factual mistakes will annoy attentive readers; after all, crossword puzzles are about the details. Romano's writing style also irked some critics, who viewed it as clunky and at times elliptical. Yet despite Romano's focus and style problems, Crossworld
Romano does bring the readers along into the world of top crossword puzzlers, but only as far as he is interested in going. It seems like is someone is going to write a...more
The parts of this book that really shone for me were when Romano lost his supercilious attitude (does he need to remind us AGAIN that Wi...more
It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the book. As a crossword puzzle doer, I can appreciate the skill and cognitive speed of some of the greatest puzzle solvers in the world, but Romano's lack of depth on the characters, other than Crosswo...more
The good news is that there is still room for a well-written book abou...more
How's that for faint praise?
I give up....Life is too short to waste on crappy books.
I mean, I'm a NERD!
Update: On the way to bowling with friends tonight, I started reading about the tournament. By the time I got to the bowling alley and found out that the scoring screens also show the speed of your bowling ball, I had an urge to be a little competitive. I think this is funny.