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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cruciverbalism

If you have any interest at all in crossword puzzles, you will definitely enjoy Cruciverbalism: A Crossword Fanatic’s Guide to Life in the Grid, a small but well-written book by Stanley Newman and Mark Lasswell. Fascinating, amusing, and full of information, this non-fiction work tells you everything you want to know about crossword puzzles, including the significance of the sequence of editors of the standard-setting New York Times puzzle. Those of us who remember Margaret Farr, Eugene Maleska, and Will Weng — and who now are devoted fans of Will Shortz — will eagerly devour Newman and Lasswell’s account, which grabs the reader’s attention from the very first paragraph by throwing the reader right into the middle of the action. I know, you might say that there can’t possibly be action in crossword puzzles, but you would be wrong. Read this lively and engaging book to find out how: you’ll learn a lot and will be entertained in the process.

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