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101 Cryptic Crosswords: From the New Yorker
Fraser Simpson : Sterling Publications, May 2001 : Spiral edition

Ready for something that really tests your brainpower? These puzzles -- taken from the celebrated pages of The New Yorker magazine -- offer more challenges per "empty square" than the average crossword! Every cryptic has a twist, a little something extra, a double-dose of difficulty.

The Atlantic Monthly Cryptic Crosswords
Emily Cox, Henry Rathvon : Random House, June 2003 : Paperback

Games Magazine's World of Cryptic Crosswords
Mike Shenk : Random House, 1992 : Paperback

A mind-bending new treasury of fifty fabulous, fun-filled crossword puzzles from Games magazine! Games Magazine's World of Cryptic Crosswords includes a detailed, step-by-step explanation of how to solve cryptics, plus six warm-up puzzles, each illustrating the basic cryptic clue types. Also included are ten variety cryptic puzzles at the end of the book, for those intrepid solvers who have advanced to Master Solver status.

Henry Hook's Cryptic Crosswords Vol. 1
Henry Hook : Times books, 1996 : Paperback

Henry Hook is up to his devious worst in this collection of diabolical cryptic crosswords - and that is very good indeed! Puzzles include classic British and other European-style crosswords, anacrostics, diagramless, and many ingenious variations. Be warned - there are tricks and traps beyond the usual wordplay. This is not for the faint-hearted solver, but those sharp of mind and resolute of spirit will be well rewarded. Expect plenty of the usual Henry Hook laughs (and groans) as you solve. The smiles come quick and easy when you read his introduction, but you'll have to work for the rest.

Henry Hook's Cryptic Crosswords Vol. 2
Henry Hook : Times books, 1997 : Paperback

Henry Hook's Cryptic Crosswords Vol. 3
Henry Hook : Times books, July 1998 : Paperback

Henry Hook's Cryptic Crosswords Vol. 4
Henry Hook : Times books, July 1999 : Spiral-bound

The forty-five variety cryptic crosswords in this volume are just the way puzzlers like them from Henry Hook: diabolical. Matching wits with these puzzles is like sticking your brain in a blender -- and to a hardcore puzzler, there's nothing better.

Random House Cryptic Crosswords Vol. 2
Stanley Newman (ed) : Times Books, 1995

60 puzzles, contributed by the all the top American cryptic experts, that previously appeared in Newman's Tough Cryptics magazine. Introduction by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon.

Random House Guide to Cryptic Crosswords: How to Solve America's Trickiest Puzzles, Plus 65 of Cox and Rathvon's Devilish Puzzles
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon, Stanley Newman (ed) : Times Books, 1995
Not only an excellent introduction to cryptic crosswords for beginners, but also a collection of top-class puzzles.

Simon & Schuster's Hooked on Cryptics Treasury
Henry Hook : Fireside, 1995 : Paperback



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