The Guardian Quick Crosswords 1: A collection of more than 200 entertaining puzzles (Guardian Puzzle Books)

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The Guardian Quick Crosswords 1: A collection of more than 200 entertaining puzzles (Guardian Puzzle Books)

The Guardian Quick Crosswords 1: A collection of more than 200 entertaining puzzles (Guardian Puzzle Books)

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More fool the adapters: the conversation could only have been more delightful if our heroes had digressed into discussing Playfair’s creator, Charles Wheatstone, who also found time to invent the English concertina and an electronic device that went on to be a key aspect of Scientology. There are plenty of fish to choose from; they often have short names amenable to using in anagram clues, and we tend to find them funny. The most rewarding themes have the tightest focus: early on, I started a list of ideas based on fruit and veg, but quickly found that I had enough vegetable clues, so I put the fruit on one side. Grids 54A and 54B (the ones with the Ss) have a preponderance of shorter lights, which matches the type of words that I like to clue, as does Grid 58 (the one with the Ws). At the Observer, Ximenes took over from Torquemada and applied discipline (“playing the game”) to assist the solver.

And that makes them ideal for decoding that message, since it has been created using a Playfair code. Like the maps of a cathedral close that we are given near the beginning, the puzzle takes up most of various pages while a canon and a reverend execute an admirably protracted solve.

We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. The same year, 1939, is pretty much officially the end of the Golden Age of mystery stories, and the year of publication of The Big Sleep, anyone’s go-to rowdier novel. When Have His Carcase was published, the crossword was a novelty; the Guardian had had a puzzle for just three years.

Photograph: Farooq Khan/EPA-EFE View image in fullscreen Navigating the waters … a boatman on the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Itching Down is recognisably Ditching in many places, though John inserted several parts of other villages that he enjoyed drawing. With a wide variety of clues from a vast range of subjects, these crosswords will provide a stern test while still being concise enough to be solved in bite-sized chunks.Afrit’s puzzles for the Listener often received zero correct entries and a few years after Have His Carcase was published, he set Listener 397, which had a Playfair square in the middle of the grid and made reference to Lord Peter. In his 1938 play Gas Light, Jack Manningham tampers with the lights and employs various other tricks to convince his wife, Bella, that she is imagining things and, by implication, losing her mind. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

Since those characters are either irredeemably sadistic or hopelessly foolish, the reader needs to be in the right mood. I’m reeling them off at random: peculiar, diplomacy, courtesan, furnished, viscount, squander, sunlight, chasuble, clergyman, luminary, thousand, poverty, cherubim, treason, cabriolet, rheumatics, apostle, costumier, viaduct. Boatman’s puzzles are witty and ingenious – and he never forgets that his job is to delight the solver.A crossword hidden by one of the characters unlocks the identity of the murderer responsible for a strikingly ruthless body count, including a chorister.

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