Puzzled: Secrets and clues from a life in words eBook

Puzzled: Secrets and clues from a life in words eBook
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Puzzled: Secrets and clues from a life in words
  • David Astle
  • English
  • 11 July 2018
  • 1846685427

Puzzled: Secrets and clues from a life in words[KINDLE] ❁ Puzzled: Secrets and clues from a life in words By David Astle – Essayreview.co.uk From teenage word nerd to Australia s pre eminent and most fiendish puzzle maker, Puzzled is a memoir of a life lost in words as well as a revealing guide to the deepest mysteries of crossword and oth and clues Epub ß From teenage word nerd to Australia s pre eminent and most fiendish puzzle maker, Puzzled is a memoir of a life lost in words as well as a revealing guide to the deepest mysteries of crossword and other word puzzles.


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10 thoughts on “Puzzled: Secrets and clues from a life in words

  1. says:

    Started this just under 12 months ago but got stuck when I felt obliged to try to understand tackle every clue David wrote about Once I got past that hangup which probably shelved the book for 9 months , I proceededInteresting enough, but the subtleties of the clue formation in the later chapters were a bit much for me particularly around rebuses and hybrids Some of the earlier chapters wereinteresting, and some of the history of cryptics and indeed straight history were fascinatin Started this just under 12 months ago but got stuck when I felt obliged to try to understand tackle every clue David wrote about Once I got past that hangup which probably shelved the book for 9 months , I proceededInteresting enough, but the subtleties of the clue formation in the later chapters were a bit much for me particularly around rebuses and hybrids Some of the earlier chapters wereinteresting, and some of the history of cryptics and indeed straight history were fascinating.I like cryptics, but apparently prefer the easier ones

  2. says:

    This is a fascinating book about cryptic crosswords but not in a dry step by step presentation of the various clues Instead, this book is as much about the author s journey in and through cryptic crosswords, some of the history, wordplays and taking the reader carefully and gently through the various types of clues.This book has wonderfully opened my eyes to this seemingly mystical discipline I was and still am not a cryptic crossword person, but now I can appreciate the wordplay and skill t This is a fascinating book about cryptic crosswords but not in a dry step by step presentation of the various clues Instead, this book is as much about the author s journey in and through cryptic crosswords, some of the history, wordplays and taking the reader carefully and gently through the various types of clues.This book has wonderfully opened my eyes to this seemingly mystical discipline I was and still am not a cryptic crossword person, but now I can appreciate the wordplay and skill that is involved

  3. says:

    Before reading this book, my experience with Cryptic Crosswords was to every so often glance at the Cryptic in the newspaper, sometimes have one or two answers jump out at me, but be totally flummoxed by the rest, and to retreat to the safety of the Jumble, the Target or the normal crossword.I haven t been completely converted to the Cryptic by David Astle s book, however it s certainly made me think about words in a whole different way and I d definitely be willing to tackle at least one or t Before reading this book, my experience with Cryptic Crosswords was to every so often glance at the Cryptic in the newspaper, sometimes have one or two answers jump out at me, but be totally flummoxed by the rest, and to retreat to the safety of the Jumble, the Target or the normal crossword.I haven t been completely converted to the Cryptic by David Astle s book, however it s certainly made me think about words in a whole different way and I d definitely be willing to tackle at least one or two In fact it might take me a lifetime to crack one or two so maybe that s a good target to set I ve discovered the few clues that have come naturally to me in the past are the anagrams and the hiddens Not that I get all of those, but if a clue comes to me at all, it s usually an anagram or a hidden However, looking at the whole special structure of the Cryptic and the very different types of wordplay has been very interesting While I m not in DA s league, I do have a tendency to play around with words myself just for fun so I enjoyed the book It s not just about Cryptic techniques but it s about DA s journey There are some great anecdotes and I laughed through many But most of all, DA s delight and love for words comes seeping through the pages and I revelled in it.I definitely intend to do someword puzzles and try my habd at somecryptic clues just to practise my skills Unfortunately now that I ve finished the book, I have tried running around looking for Cryptic crosswords in bookshops and newsagencies Sudokus, Wordsearches and normal crosswords abound but NO CRYPTIC CROSSWORD books.What is the world coming to I need to keep hunting

  4. says:

    David Astle has a brain that seems to work like no other Even after hearing reading his explanations, I was sometimes still at a loss.Still, I have a much greater insight into how to solve his cryptics.This book took a very long time to read.I still have the mini puzzles at the back to finish

  5. says:

    Brilliant, absorbing, revealing and fascinating.I would have given it five stars except I STILL can t solve a DA cryptic They are not nicknamed Don t Attempt without reason Still that probably saysabout me than the book.

  6. says:

    Perfectly assembled just like any good clue definition and wordplay, with a little heart added in for good measure Bring on this mausoleum bugs

  7. says:

    A great comprehensive journey through the life of a crossword setter.Probably has not improved solving skills, but provides a good basis A great comprehensive journey through the life of a crossword setter.Probably has not improved solving skills, but provides a good basis

  8. says:

    It would be helpful if you were able to give half stars I found this hard going for some reason that I can t quite put my finger on but I d like to be able to give it another half star, just the same.

  9. says:

    This is a book for anyone interested in learning something about deciphering the mysteries of cryptic crosswords Australian readers of the Sydney Morning Herald will probably be familiar with the fact that the Friday cryptic crossword has developed a reputation of being the most difficult to crack This Friday puzzle is the creation of one DA, the initials of David Astle Now DA has provided us with a rather comprehensive explanation of the devious mind games devised by Cryptic Crossword co This is a book for anyone interested in learning something about deciphering the mysteries of cryptic crosswords Australian readers of the Sydney Morning Herald will probably be familiar with the fact that the Friday cryptic crossword has developed a reputation of being the most difficult to crack This Friday puzzle is the creation of one DA, the initials of David Astle Now DA has provided us with a rather comprehensive explanation of the devious mind games devised by Cryptic Crossword compilers The book appears to be very comprehensive, and gives many examples of the different types of clues used by the compilers, all designed to lead one through the complexities of what some people might consider twisted minds , and provide a kind of text book reference work into their mysteries Along the way we are given insights into Astle s development as a compiler, as well as lots of tidbits of information on the history of and some of the great names in cryptic crossword compilers Whatcould one want Astle cleverly does this by providing at the very beginning a master crossword , the 33 clues of which are so designed as to provide the headings for the following 33 chapters of the book each clue type is dedicated to one of the tricks used by compilers in preparing their clues At the end of each chapter there are also what Astle calls Quislings three for each chapter, each being typical of the SMH s daily Wordwit conundrums also curated by Astle , which I am particularly bad at unravelling Mercifully their answers are provided at the end of the book which also contains six mini cryptic crosswords in increasing levels of difficulty for the reader to solve after the initiation provided by the book.If this book at least introduces people to the pleasures of cryptic crossword puzzles, then it will have achieved its purpose and you probably won t find anycomprehensive set of instructions than are here provided That being said, I must admit that it would still not necessarily make it easier to crack Aslte s demonic Friday cryptic His type of lateral thinking about lateral thinking often stumps me, but does not diminish my general love for these kind of puzzles.As for Astle s mind he himself admits it isof an obsession something which he simply cannot resist He simply LOVES mucking around with words, and can t seem to stop himself doing it and interestingly enough, it appears that it may be a peculiarity of the English language to be able to so comprehensively and so thoroughly confound in its anagrams and mixings so beloved of cryptic crossword compilers.A final comment about the genius and insanity I use the word in the kindest way of David Astle s mind I would never have become aware of it, but Astle reveals at the end of the book that the master crossword has an added dimension Astle apologises for not being able to include the letter F in the solution to the grid That s right, every letter of the alphabet except for the letter F is included in the solution

  10. says:

    This is a funny book Funny odd or funny ha ha Yes.I mean to say, it s by and possibly about a cryptic crossword bloke, David Astle He s into all sorts of wordplay, but cryptic crosswords are the main game.The book starts with a master crossword, of 33 clues Each clue forms the basis of a chapter, with a discursive explanation of how to solve that type of clue It s fascinating, for it also delves into word puzzle history There are many slices of David s life served up for us too thoug This is a funny book Funny odd or funny ha ha Yes.I mean to say, it s by and possibly about a cryptic crossword bloke, David Astle He s into all sorts of wordplay, but cryptic crosswords are the main game.The book starts with a master crossword, of 33 clues Each clue forms the basis of a chapter, with a discursive explanation of how to solve that type of clue It s fascinating, for it also delves into word puzzle history There are many slices of David s life served up for us too though not enough to consider this the shocking autobiographical revelations of a fiendish man Note, many would consider Astle fiendish Usually on Fridays And when they attempt the Sydney Morning Herald The Age cryptics I felt it wrong to start reading before completing the puzzle Thankfully my wife helped with the last couple of clues or I woould never have begun.As you work through the book, you will learn all you need for solving these puzzles The practice is left up to you There are also heaps of further word puzzles in every chapter, as well as six smaller 13x13 cryptics at the end of the book.Quibbles Many who read this will do so because they love cryptics If so, the explanations though very well done will not be riveting.The master crossword had an error in the squares 3 down had an extra black square blocking off the correct path.I m not sure because I returned this library copy to its rightful public home , but one of the 13x13 clues appears to be missing Can anyone tell me 22 down for Mini Puzzle 4

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