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ISBN: 1552784126
Author: Sandy Balfour
Language: English
Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS (2004)
Pages: 208
Category: Puzzles & Games
Subcategory: Humour
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 843
Size Fb2: 1656 kb
Size ePub: 1129 kb
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It is reflective of the crosswords he adores, that sometimes the clues have layers to them, just like his life seems to be. Nothing, like a cryptic crossword, is straightfoward

Balfour, Sandy, 1962-, Television journalists - South Africa - Biography, Crossword puzzles.

Balfour, Sandy, 1962-, Television journalists - South Africa - Biography, Crossword puzzles.

Start by marking Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) as Want to Read . Born and raised in South Africa, at age twenty-one journalist Sandy Balfour went into exile and began traveling the world.

Start by marking Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. While hitchhiking through Nairobi, Cairo, and Moscow, Think Word Freak with international flair. A nonfiction Ella Minnow Pea with a built-in book-length puzzle. Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) will enthrall (or obsess!) anyone interested in words.

Nicholas Lezard finds plenty of clues but few answers in Sandy Balfour's love affair with crosswords, Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose. My great-uncle could complete each clue of the Times crossword within a second - or, at most, two - of your having read it out to him. He didn't even need to look at it. Each finished prize crossword was duly sent off, but even over a long life he never won a thing. I used to be dismayed at this

Crosswords are a very British obsession. Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose is a personal reminiscence and a guide to solving crossword puzzles. But it is much, much more than a 'how-to' book

Crosswords are a very British obsession. But it is much, much more than a 'how-to' book. Each chapter is starts with a clue, and uses anecdote, history and autobiography to solve it, in the process describing something of what it means to love England

The snag with crosswords is that a no-hoper can end up with absolutely nothing to put in the white squares. At least with Scrabble, you can slap down an "an" or "is"

The snag with crosswords is that a no-hoper can end up with absolutely nothing to put in the white squares. At least with Scrabble, you can slap down an "an" or "is". In Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8), Sandy Balfour charts his progress from crossword virgin to roué. It is a fascinating trip, even for those who will never make it themselves. The snag with crosswords is that a no-hoper can end up with absolutely nothing to put in the white squares.

A book to make writers curse themselves for not having thought of the idea first, but to make readers hug themselves that Sandy Balfour did. A delight' Alan Coren'Sandy Balfour's memoir Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) is like a great crossword clue - I couldn't put it down until I'd worked i. . A delight' Alan Coren'Sandy Balfour's memoir Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) is like a great crossword clue - I couldn't put it down until I'd worked it ou. Clive James. Clive James show more.

Pretty Girl In Crimson Rose. Half a million people a day do it in the Telegraph. The Times claims almost as many, and the Guardian 300,000. Most people remember their first time, and everyone has a favourite.

Summary Crosswords are a very British obsession.

The book adds up to more than a sum of its parts and lingers in the memory long after the final page. Crosswords are a very British obsession. Each chapter is starts with a clue, and uses anecdote, history and autobiography to solve it, in the process describing something of what it means to love England.

Comments:

Usaxma
A most intelligent and amusing book. It's human interest content is equalled by its altogether fascinating description of the art involved both in setting and in solving crossword puzzles
Cordanara
What can one say that will accurately describe this book?
That it's a marvelous memoir that reads like a novel? Yes!
That it's a special treat for cruciverbalists of the cryptic kind? Most definitely!
That it's quite unlike anything you've ever read? Probably
That Sandy Balfour should just keep writing more and more? Most assuredly!
But, to sum it up in a phrase...?
O.K. *A truly fun read (reed)!!![.]
Freaky Hook
Sandy Balfour, South African by birth, but foreign in other countries since his 21st birthday, writes his memoir which he links inextricably with crosswords. It has a strange disembodied quality to it. It is almost as though Balfour is narrating someone elses life. It is reflective of the crosswords he adores, that sometimes the clues have layers to them, just like his life seems to be. Nothing, like a cryptic crossword, is straightfoward.

It is a slow and layered biography which seems to be at times oa series of interlinked anecdotes about what happened in his life and how it fits in with the crossword clues of that time. Even the title of the book is a crossword clue and reflects his life.

For those clues he doesn't solve, or even the ones where the answer is in the text there is a page in the back which talks about how to solve the particular clue, in case you didn't understand how the answer of reached. So you get the double benefit of learning to solve cryptic crosswords, if you didn't already know.

I quite liked this book. It was quite a different type of read but enjoyable and I found it oddly compelling. It wasn't that Balfour was a sympathetic character, or even Oprah-like in his confessions. It was such an unusual book and well written which made it so interesting. My only distraction was the at times jerky connection of events which, in the context of a crossword are fine, but didn't work as well for the connection of a series of life events.
Bremar
At first impression this seems to be a wandering memoir focussed on the author's love of crosswords with a few personal details thrown in. But as you read on, it becomes clear Balfour is writing a long love letter to his girlfriend, who introduced him to crossword puzzles. As he explains lucidly how he slowly began to understand the way the puzzles were put together, he slips in more and more details about his girlfriend. As you wonder whether they stayed together, you learn that she is pregnant with their first child. Time passes on, he gets better and better jobs, and suddenly she is giving birth to their third child. This is a wonderful piece of writing and one I cannot recommend highly enough.
Xaluenk
This is a clever, quirky little book. The cover says it is a memoir of love, exile and crosswords, but it actually defies categorisation. It isn't really a memoir - the writer is quite selective about which doors of his life are opened to the reader. We know he becomes a crossword afficianado and has a deep fondness for his adopted country (England, he is an ex pat South African) and for his "girlfriend", a title that becomes somewhat grating as the book progresses and she becomes central to his life and the mother of his chidren. But along with a few snippets about his professional life, that's about all he gives away about himself. The story is more a series of recollections of moments in time which he describes for their life importance and for their association with where he was at the same time, in his development as a crypiic crossword afficianado. The originality and cleverness of the book is in the way it is a history of the development of cryptic crosswords and and their setters, and a "how to do them" guide, (arguably a fairly dry subject) which is flavoured up with human interest by being embedded in some important events in the writer's life. Definitely recommended for those who love doing cryptic crosswords and those who aspire to do them. Probably of less interest to those who consider crosswords to be only for nerdy types who need to get a real life. (Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose - answer, rebelled - if you can't work it out and are itching to know why, buy the book!!)

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