The 100 cryptic crosswords for puzzle people in this book range from the relatively straightforward to the toe-curlingly sophisticated. The straightforward ones are formatted in the style of Ximenes (The Observer) and Mephisto (The Sunday Times), mostly in a handy 10x10 size. Towards the end the challenges, like grandmother's arthritic knees, become bigger and stiffer.
After the puzzles, solutions are given, with helpful explanations.
And there are incidental entertainments to provide welcome distractions.
The book will make a great addition to tables; coffee tables, dinner tables, bedside tables, picnic tables, bridge tables.
Seemingly aimed at the literary bridge aficionado, nevertheless bridge knowledge is not a prerequisite. Any avid crossword enthusiast will delight in this book.
While not entirely suitable for car drivers when at the wheel, this book will be a challenging companion for anybody and everybody else on the move. Have a pen or pencil at the ready.
Buy each of your partners a copy.