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book by Stanley Newman. For the millions of people who do crosswords, the person behind the puzzle is always something of a mystery. What puzzler wouldn't want to know how a constructor thinks when putting together a puzzle?

A few tips about how to improve solving skills wouldn't hurt, either. CRUCIVERBALISM will help people become better solvers and have more fun doing crosswords.

Books online: Cruciverbalism: A Crossword Fanatic's Guide to Life in the Grid, 2007, Fishpond. but mostly it made me want to solve some crosswords. -Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! champion.

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For the millions of people who do crosswords, the person behind the puzzle is always something of a mystery. What puzzler wouldn't want to know how a constructor thinks when putting together a puzzle? Or the secret rules that guide the selections of clues and answers? Or how to outsmart the constructor by understanding his mindset? A few tips about how to improve solving skills wouldn't hurt, either. Putting it all together in an accessible and witty "guide to life in the grid" is just what everybody wants and needs. CRUCIVERBALISM will help people become better solvers and have more fun doing crosswords. It will also pull back the curtain on puzzle–making itself, outlining the history of crosswords, showing how they have evolved over the past century, and how rules and the mindsets of puzzle editors have changed over time. It will pass along the guidelines the author provides to his stable of puzzle constructors, and tidbits such as the "100 essential words" for the pursuit of crossword happiness. Finally, it will recount the decade–long battle between Old Guard and New Wave constructors, bringing in a cast of colorful characters living in a world of words. The book will be a combination of crossword self–help, wisdom, trivia and stories that will fascinate today's millions of avid puzzlers.

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A pleasant little book. Mostly for the casual solver who wants to learn a little more about crossword puzzles: their history, unwritten rules that apply (eg "Cancer" can only refer to an astrological sign: diseases are usually not allowed in the puzzle), helpful hints on solving puzzles etc. There is also a list of the 100 "essential words" to know for solving puzzles. A pleasant,easy read. Only real complaint is that book is very short: 142 pages with not many words on each page.
An interesting book, but it is clear that the author has a very large ego.
If I were interested in doing crossword puzzles (like my wife is), the hints in the book would probably be very helpful.
grandma loved it
An entertaining little book with some good suggestions for improving your crossword puzzle solving skills. A bit too much self-promotion for my taste.
Found the book to be informative but not what I expected. I thought it would be more help in cross word puzzles. I liked the authors method of writing and the reading was easy.
This little tome is a delightful romp through the world of Crosswords,Puzzlers,those who construct them and,those who enter speed solving contests and even those people who construct them.There is even advice from the experts that will help you become better at solving them ;and for those who really want to get serious;what it takes to become a world class expert.
There's a little bit of everything here,even the history of this puzzle that has captivated millions ,and who have looked forward to doing their favorite puzzle as a daily diversion in an all too much hectic world.I am an ,on and off again solver,but for 5 years was a daily commuter into New York and did the Times puzzle in the morning and the Daily News on my return trip in the late afternoon.
So much of what Newman has to say will be familiar to anyone who has done crosswords,particularly in their local newspapers.I never even gave much thought the many other things he talks about;whether it was about the puzzle editors,or the people who have their most favorite or least favorite puzzle constructors and/or types or themes in puzzles.Then, there are those words that keep popping up over and over again,of which you will recognize many in Newman's list of "100 Essential Words" that crossworders need to know,with two common clues for each.
My favorite rememberence from a puzzle was one way back ,sometime between 1969 and 1974 ,on a commute to or from New York.It was a four letter word,beginning with I ,with the clue being an abode in the Great White North.Being from Canada,this was a no brainer to me and the obviously answer should have been IGLOO ,a 5-letter word.Well,the answer turned out to be IGLU.Now I know why we say pop instead of soda,Smarties instead of M&M's,chocolate bars instead of candy bars,Eh!
The author also discusses the great changes that are taking place in media today;the ways the younger are turning to everything electronic,from books,music games,etc and what the future will be for crosswords.As a long time fan of puzzles of all types.I had been aware of another puzzle invented by an American several years before it spread like wildfire.I knew of it by the name Number Place,and it had appeared in books of puzzles.Then it was noticed by a fellow in Japan who was enthralled with it for the simple reason that the Japanese language doesn't use letters to form words,but symbols;therefore no crossword puzzles.He thought it would interest people there,and the rest of it is history.Today it is known as Sudoku;an American puzzle with a Japanese name.The way it has spread in only a few years is astounding.
Just like the basic Crossword puzzle that has spawned a plethora of word puzzles;now Suduko has spawned a plethora of number puzzles.Need I say anything about Spot-The Difference puzzles,Rebus puzzles,etc?
If you enjoyed this book ,I suggest you check out "A Crossword Obsession" by Coral
Amende,which I reviewed on December 17,2003.
An interesting book for crossword lovers and fanatics alike!

I've had a strong interest in crossword puzzles for years now and after playing some related word-games, I've recently begun to wonder about the crossword puzzle construction process. So it was with this in mind that my curiosity became tweaked when I saw Newman's book "Cruciverbalism: A Crossword Fanatic's Guide to Life on the Grid", available on amazon.com. So I bought it and its turned out to be a good purchase.

The book in quite short; only 140 pages long and is divided into six chapters.

The first chapter deals with Newman's ongoing 'annoyance' with the late Eugene Maleska editing techniques as Editor of the NY Times Crossword in the 1980s and 90s. I've noticed some other reviewer were somewhat taken aback by this 'assault' on Maleska, but after reading this section, I think I can at least appreciate Newman's point of view. It was Newman's disagreement with Maleska's methods that ultimately lead Newman into his strong affiliation with crossword puzzles.

One chapter deals with the history of crosswords and yet another gives some background as to how Newman got into the crossword puzzle business as a lifetime vocation.

The real meat of the book resided in the three remaining chapters. Here we find several topics of interest...

1.)what puzzle constructors think about when constructing a grid; i.e. the basic rules. What's allowed and what isn't.

2.)100 commonly found 3 and 4 letter words (that are at least 50% vowels) and make up significant number of the short words that surround the main themes.

3.)There is one section called 'Hidden Rules of the Grid' that is an extensive list of the different categories of clues that constructors use when building a puzzle e.g. quips or quotes, foreign words, starters and enders, comparatives, fill in the blanks, plurals, hedgers, rivals...and many more. Each category is accompanied by a brief explanation and examples .

4.)The penultimate chapter discusses several useful tips as how to improve your solving abilities, but only if your intensely interested and willing to spend some time and considerable effort to do it.

5.)And finally, on the last 2 pages there are a couple tips on how to approach the more difficult 'Sunday Stumper' puzzle. With regards to items 1-4 above; I was vaguely aware of them to begin with and not truly surprised to see in this book. However, these last hints were something I'd never considered and would be very useful as an approach to solving harder puzzles.

Although this book was not exactly what I was looking for, it was enjoyable and interesting to read. I was really looking for some useful ideas as to how to actually construct the physical puzzle itself. The main part of this book deals with how constructors think about tinkering with 'clues' to make an answer range from very easy to 'a revelation in the science of word-play'; and it succeeds famously in this regard.


In my meager attempts to construct even the simplest puzzle, I became acutely aware of just how hard it is to get even a corner of a puzzle to meld, let alone an entire grid. I've even consulted computer crossword puzzle makers, put in a couple of witty phrases that I want to use as my theme; the result, the program whirled for a long time and in the end came up with nothing usable. So my admiration (and some degree of jealousy as well) has increased for these cruciverbalistic heroes, since my humbling experiment with CW construction.
Cruciverbalism download epub
Puzzles & Games
Author: Mark Lasswell,Stanley Newman
ISBN: 0060890606
Category: Humor & Entertainment
Subcategory: Puzzles & Games
Language: English
Publisher: Harper (October 31, 2006)
Pages: 149 pages