Secrets of the Setters, Hardback Book

Secrets of the Setters Hardback

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Packed with examples from the Guardian's celebrated compilers - from Araucaria and Rufus to Bunthorne and Janus - Secrets of the Setters explains how all the different types of cryptic clues work.

It shows you how to unravel the elliptical language and how to spot the tricks of the compiler's trade.

The book also includes a large selection of practice puzzles and a handy list of words and letters that setters commonly use as their cryptic building blocks.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
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  • Category: Crosswords
  • ISBN: 9781843544685



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Clear introduction to cryptic crosswords aimed at a complete beginner. Should someone ask for an explanation of the form, this is my favoured starting point.