Two Girls, One on Each Knee eBook ñ Two Girls, MOBI

Two Girls, One on Each Knee eBook ñ Two Girls,  MOBI A journalist and word aficionado salutes theyear history and pleasures of crossword puzzles Since its debut in The New York World on December the crossword puzzle has enjoyed a rich and surprisingly lively existence Alan Connor, a comic writer known for his exploration of all things crossword in The Guardian, covers every twist and turn from the s, when crosswords were considered a menace to productive society to World War II, when they were used to recruit code breakers to their starring role in aepisode of The Simpsons He also profiles the colorful characters who make up the interesting and bizarre subculture of crossword constructors and competitive solvers, including Will Shortz, the iconic New York Times puzzle editor who created a crafty crossword that appeared to predict the outcome of a presidential election, and the legions of competitive puzzle solvers who descend on a Connecticut hotel each year in an attempt to be crowned the American puzzle solving champion At a time when the printed word is in decline, Connor marvels at the crossword s seamless transition onto Kindles and iPads, keeping the puzzle one of America s favorite pastimes He also explores the way the human brain processes crosswords versus computers that are largely stumped by clues that require wordplay or a simple grasp of humor A fascinating examination of our most beloved linguistic amusement and filled with tantalizing crosswords and clues embedded in the text The Crossword Century is sure to attract the attention of the readers who made Word Freak and Just My Type bestsellers

10 thoughts on “Two Girls, One on Each Knee (7): The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword

  1. Martin Wilson Martin Wilson says:

    This book certainly would make a good present for a crossword loving friend or family member With its tasteful cover and erudite subject this is perfect for a coffee table However, I also recommend reading it It s good well written, fun and informative It is also challenging but it s up to you how challenging you want to make it Some chapters I read

  2. Antonomasia Antonomasia says:

    3.5 A nice little collection of mostly cryptic crossword trivia Whilst the book s name looks even dodgier if you ve got a browser tab open with only the first three words showing, the US title is the considerablysober The Crossword Century Which, the author would point out, reflects differences between setters on respective sides of the pond The language o

  3. Patrick Patrick says:

    There is no doubt that the elegant formulation of a clue for a cryptic crossword has a poetry about it They are simultaneously so muchand so much less complicated than the words suggest They are an intensely serious form of play a test of will between a setter, invariably concealed behind some mysterious codename, and their audience, who are sometimes farlike a

  4. Angela Lynn Angela Lynn says:

    When I first learned that I would be receiving a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways, I was concerned that it was going to be intellectual and boring However, this book was smart, fun, and down to earth In addition to learning all about crosswords in short, succinct chapters, I picked up some tips and tricks to solving along the way A quick read that is perf

  5. Sara Sara says:

    I really disliked this book I do not understand British Cryptics, they completely mystify me This book was all over the place and I seldom understood what the author was talking about It was all clever word play, I m sure Over my head I will pass this on to my mom who can actually finish the New York Times crossword in one sitting and go back to studying linguistics.

  6. Kristine Kristine says:

    The Crossword Century by Alan Connor is a free Goodreads FirstReads advance reader copy of a book I began reading in late, late May Some of my best memories of spending time with my dad is passing a weekend newspaper crosswords puzzle back and forth with a leaky inky ballpoint pen, so I had looked forward eagerly to receiving this book as a kind of resource compendium.Unfortunat

  7. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    I received this book from Goodreads FirstReads.Very clever This book showed the humour, skills, and tact for creating crosswords as well as their history without being boring or sounding borrowed I was able to pick it back up easily and it made a good few minutes of down time read with the short chapters and condensed background of the craft and it s creators contributors Most enjoyabl

  8. Page Wench Page Wench says:

    I won this book through the GoodReads First Reads program You don t need to be an avid crossword solver to enjoy this book All you need is a healthy interest in wordplay and history I have solved crossword puzzles off and on over the years but never caught the fever I wanted to read this book because of my father s interest in this pastime I thoroughly enjoyed learning the intricate quirks b

  9. Larry Hostetler Larry Hostetler says:

    For crossword aficionados this would be an interesting read For me, though I enjoy crosswords but don t play them very often, this was still an interesting read I learned a lot about the history and construction of crosswords but also about other types of crossword puzzles like acrostics There is a lot of information and it would seem to be difficult to find enough to fill a book about puzzles but

  10. Colin Colin says:

    Utterly delightful, like a box of chocolates but with anagrams Cloaca booth foxes cunningly show what life is like 1,3,2,10 Every chapter is full of marvels and miracles This is sold in the UK as Two Girls, One on Each Knee which is a much better title than the one that shows on Goodreads Phone App Or at least I hope it is because if it isn t then I ve just reviewed the wrong book.

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