3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but the false modesty and arrogance overwhelm, October 1, 2007 I really nee to rate this 2.5 stars.Do you have a riend who says things like, " Yes, I may have gotten 800 on the math SAT but I nly got an embarrassing 690 verbal? " If so, then you ca be willing to tolerate Romano 's prose.
If ot, be forewarned: unless you can complete the Saturday New York Times puzzle in 10 second, you woul be ut in your place over and over by his false modesty.
ven doing a " World 's Easiest Crossword " -level puzzle that uses a 6th grade vocabulary and no words over 5 letters and reading only the across clues ( not needing to read down clues) would giv me more than 60 seconds to fill out if my writing were to actually be remotely legible and in the correct little boxes.
( But hen, I 'm a moron -- I 'm eve a Wednesday/Thursday-level solver.) I guess Romano is some freaky genius who not only can read and write in tiny boxes elsewhere on the page at the same time but he has ESP and always knows exactly what the puzzle author was thinking when composing the crossword.Given that, there is a lot of interesting information about the history of the New York Times Crossword puzzle in general and Will Shortz, its current editor, in particular.
By he time I finished nove I almost gave up solving puzzles because I feel like any reasonable person would realize I am ver stupid and ignorant for real crossword puzzles and would be etter off sticking to E-Z word searches and connect-the-dots.There 's no doubt Romano is extremely intelligent -- he is this expert solver and he implies English is n't quit his native language.
I should have liked Romano to spend a little les time discussing puzzles in other papers.
Sudoku is first and foremost a logic puzzle and could appeal to onl a word smith who has n't completed 3rd grade math.So, to sum up, I do n't conside his ook.