Crossword Puzzle Challenges For Dummies

Crossword Puzzle Challenges For Dummies

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Eight bonus chapters explain how to construct your own puzzles! Open the book for a brand-new collection of brain-twisting puzzles. Looking for a crossword challenge! All you have to do is open the book, sharpen your pencil (or, hot shot, uncap your pen), and get ready to match wits with Patrick Berry, one of today's top puzzle constructors. You get 70 all-new crosswords that are guaranteed to test your puzzle-solving skills - plus a special bonus section that shows you how to create (and sell) your own challenging crosswords. It features the 'Dummies Way Explanations' in plain English.It includes: 'get in, get out' information; icons and other navigational aids; tear-out cheat sheet; top ten lists; and a dash of humor and fun. You can discover: the secrets of crossword construction; how to craft a memorable puzzle theme, from quotes to reversals and rebuses; the tricks to designing and filling a grid; an insider's guide to writing great clues; and ten top markets for crossword puzzles.show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 208.28 x 271.78 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764556223
  • 9780764556227

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"...guaranteed to furrow your brow and set your mind in a tailspin..." (Good Book Guide, June 2004)show more

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Eight bonus chapters explain how to construct your own puzzles!Open the book for a brand-new collection of brain-twisting puzzlesLooking for a crossword challenge? All you have to do is open the book, sharpen your pencil (or, hot shot, uncap your pen), and get ready to match wits with Patrick Berry, one of today's top puzzle constructors. You get 70 all-new crosswords that are guaranteed to test your puzzle-solving skills - plus a special bonus section that shows you how to create (and sell) your own challenging crosswords. The Dummies WayExplanations in plain English"Get in, get out" informationIcons and other navigational aidsTear-out cheat sheetTop ten listsA dash of humor and funDiscover how to: The secrets of crossword constructionHow to craft a memorable puzzle theme, from quotes to reversals and rebusesThe tricks to designing and filling a gridAn insider's guide to writing great cluesTen top markets for crossword puzzlesshow more

Table of contents

Introduction.Part I: A Gallery of Crosswords.Part II: Constructing Crosswords Like a Pro.Chapter 1: Developing a Theme for Your Puzzle.Chapter 2: Designing the Grid.Chapter 3: Choosing Good Grid Entries (And Avoiding Bad Ones).Chapter 4: Filling the Grid.Chapter 5: Writing the Clues.Part III: The Part of Tens.Chapter 6: Ten Top Crossword Puzzle Venues.Chapter 7: Ten Worthwhile Purchases for Puzzle Constructors.Chapter 8: More Than Ten Puzzle Construction Terms.Part IV: Puzzle Solutions.Index.show more

About Patrick Berry

Patrick Berry is a freelance author and puzzle constructor whose puzzles have appeared in a wide variety of national publications, including The New York Times, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. His puzzle career was launched when the publishing company he was working for suddenly went belly-up, leaving him salaryless. Too shiftless to get a real job, he began making puzzles full-time, and the rest is history. In his spare time, he mostly sleeps.show more

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