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Thinking Inside the Box

Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them

Adrienne Raphel

Adrienne Raphel’s hymn to the crossword begins with the first puzzle in New York World in 1913 and follows its progress from newspaper to The Cross Word Puzzle Book ($1.35, with pencil attached), into tournaments, to England and cryptic clues, through two world wars and onto the internet. Along the way we meet crossword setters and solvers, famously challenging puzzles and even British military intelligence head-hunting among the Telegraph’s cruciverbalists.
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  • Publisher: Robinson
  • Year: 2020
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 241x162mm
  • ISBN: 9781472144645
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.5kg
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