The Daily Telegraph 80th Anniversary Crossword Book by Val Gilbert
A beautiful-designed celebratory gift book, The Daily Telegraph 80 Years of Cryptic Crosswords is a unique collector's edition. Since the first ever cryptic crossword was published on 30 July 1925, this diurnal puzzle has been challenging, infuriating and entertaining thousands of readers. Notoriously addictive, these crosswords are a unique testament to the development of the English language as well as the Telegraph newspaper.
Beginning with the very first crossword and ending with a specially created puzzle for 2005, the anniversary edition interweaves 80 crosswords with history, narrative and anecdote. Readers can discover the origin of their favourite puzzle, chart its development across and beyond the 20th century, read interesting facts about language and censorship - particularly during WW II and the Cold War - and pit their wits against eight decades of expert crossword setters.