A look at the history and culture of crosswords with emphasis on the construction and the competition. I had seen the documentary about the Stamford competition, and wondered what sort of take the book would have. It was very informative. I enjoyed the discussion about the history of crosswords and what separates American, British, and Russian crosswords. The tone was light and sometimes funny which made it a good read, though I'm not a competitive cruciverbalist, nor will I ever be. I am one of those people who is lucky to get through Monday's NY Times crosswords. But I appreciate a peek into the minds of those who can get through a Saturday puzzle in under 10 minutes.