Sizzlingly Hard Fireball Crosswords: 45 Themeless Puzzles

Sizzlingly Hard Fireball Crosswords: 45 Themeless Puzzles

by Peter Gordon
     
 
Beware: these puzzles are so hard, they may scorch your brain! Of course, some people like to get burned once in a while, especially by brilliantly executed crosswords with devilishly difficult clues. If you enjoy the Friday and Saturday offerings from sources like the New York Times, you'll love these tricky crosswords, which come with explanations for the

Overview

Beware: these puzzles are so hard, they may scorch your brain! Of course, some people like to get burned once in a while, especially by brilliantly executed crosswords with devilishly difficult clues. If you enjoy the Friday and Saturday offerings from sources like the New York Times, you'll love these tricky crosswords, which come with explanations for the toughest clues along with the answer grids. Solve with a pen at your own risk!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“These are daring, first-rate puzzles. They are fresh, smart, and contemporary, and they go places that newspaper puzzles don't, won't, or can't. Every serious crossword enthusiast I know is a Fireball subscriber. If you want to know what the cutting edge of crossword construction in America looks like, just open this book and start solving.”
-Michael Sharp, aka Rex Parker, author of the crossword blog “Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle”
 
“Fireball puzzles are hot. If, like me, you're a crossword geek who needs something to keep yourself challenged Mondays through Thursdays, they're the perfect solution.”
-Daniel Okrent, former public editor of the New York Times and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

“A book of Fireball Crosswords? Oh, no, what a terrible idea. I need to have a week or two in between these puzzles, or else I'd be unable to get anything else done--they're that addictive. Readers, hear me: Ration yourselves!”
-Jon Delfin, seven-time American Crossword Puzzle Tournament champion
 
“Peter Gordon has a remarkable talent for tough (sometimes very tough) but fair cluing. His Fireball Crosswords are inevitably challenging and original. These are some great puzzles--I wish every puzzle editor aspired to this level of quality.”
-Eric Berlin, author of The Puzzling World of Winston Breen
 
“Peter Gordon's Fireball Crosswords are among the very few that I solve regularly just for fun. I enjoy both the tough themelesses and the sparklingly innovative themes that Gordon and his constructing crew consistently come up with.”
-Stanley Newman, crossword editor, Newsday

“These ain't your grandma's crosswords--unless your grandma is awesome and likes awesome puzzles.”
-Brian Cimmet, Lollapuzzoola co-director
 
“I like my puzzles devilishly hard. So I thank Satan for Peter Gordon and Fireball Crosswords, the toughest, cleverest puzzles under the sun.”
-Lou Kesten, The Associated Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402790775
Publisher:
Puzzlewright
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Fireball Crosswords Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
277,104
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.05(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Gordon is the Editorial Director of Puzzlewright Press. His crosswords have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, and numerous puzzle magazines, including Games, where he was an editor for seven years. Gordon was a member of the winning US teams at the 1990 International Crossword Marathon in Bjelovar, Yugoslavia. His titles include Hall of Fame Crosswords, Yahtzee Scratch & Play, Match Wits with Mensa: Test Your Trivia Smarts, and Verbiage for the Verbose; he is also the co-author of Solitaire Battleships, Scrabble-doku, and the Puzzlewright Guide to Solving Sudoku. He writes a weekly current-events crossword for The Week.

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