Two Girls, One on Each Knee

Two Girls, One on Each Knee:

A History of Cryptic Crosswords

 

Two Girls, One on Each Knee: A History of Cryptic Crosswords is an audaciously constructed book on the pleasures and puzzles of cryptic crosswords and their linguistic wordplay, from Alan Connor, the Guardian‘s writer on crosswords

On 21 December 2013, the crossword puzzle will be 100 years old. In the century since its birth, it has evolved into the world’s most popular intellectual pastime: a unique form of wordplay, the codes and conventions of which are open to anyone masochistic enough to get addicted. In Two Girls, One on Each Knee, Alan Connor celebrates the wit, ingenuity and frustration of setting and solving puzzles. From the beaches of D-Day to the imaginary worlds of three-dimensional crosswords, to the British school teachers and journalists who turned the form into the fiendish sport it is today, encompassing the most challenging clues, particular tricks, the world’s greatest setters and famous solvers, PG Wodehouse and the torturers of the Spanish Inquisition, this is an ingenious book for lovers of this very particular form of wordplay.

Alan Connor writes twice-weekly about crosswords for the Guardian.



The title is derived from a clue which is credited to Roger “Rufus” Squires.  The answer is given, as usual, between the curly brackets {PATELLA (one on each knee), the two girls being Pat and Ella}.


9 responses to “Two Girls, One on Each Knee

  1. I did, Sue. I think there might be more data of interest from the survey I did, too. And yep – perhaps not a big enough billing, Dave, given that without bigdave44, we would only have our memories to recover ill-remembered Toughie clues…!

  2. I have purchased the Kindle edition. It is waiting to be read as soon as I have finished my current book. It certainly looks interesting and entertaining.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  3. I have already ordered this one and the one by John Halpern as my Christmas present from our daughter. Thanks for pointing me towards them.

  4. The Saturday Review section of the paper which is mainly about Christmas books, has Alan’s book title as the heading to a small piece on this season’s witty stocking fillers. It describes the book as ‘classy’http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

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