• Alan Connor's charming, fascinating history . . . is as elegantly sprinkled with surprising gems as the most satisfying crossword . . . thoroughly, consistently entertaining . . . In a single, gloriously decipherable chapter he lays out with perfect clarity the entire range of rules and devices through which cryptic clues work their magic

    Sunday Times
  • It is witty, charming, encyclopaedic and highly readable - and it can be read in any order. Take a chapter or a paragraph, a puzzle or a clue. In each the reader will find something to intrigue and delight.

  • Two Girls is a lovingly crafted little book, from the table of contents - where chapter titles are hidden in a crossword designed by the great Araucaria - to the index, which skips from "I give up, see frustration" via "primness in American crosswords", to finish with "zookeepers, beleaguered".

    The Times
  • A lovingly crafted little book . . . Connor's wry, good-natured tone and his commitment to the serious business of play make him the perfect guide to a great pastime as it approaches its 100th birthday

    Daily Telegraph
  • Connor writes with great flair . . . it is nice to dip in and out of his entertaining essays

    Church Times
  • An ideal stocking filler

  • The brilliant new book on crosswords that delivers fun galore whether you're a doer or a duffer

    Mail on Sunday
  • There is something to entertain even the most infrequent dabbler

    Financial Times

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