The New York Times Ultimate Crossword Omnibus: 1,001 Puzzles from The New York Times
America's Favorite: The New York Times Crosswords
The biggest book of crossword puzzles-ever! From The New York Times, the gold standard of crossword puzzles, comes this new collection containing a stunning 1,001 puzzles of all levels of difficulty, enough for even the most determined crossword fanatic.
Old fans and new alike will find that the puzzles within are sure to excite, delight, confound, amaze, amuse and enlighten. So lay in a supply of food, unplug the phone, bar the door and get ready to dive into the biggest collection of New York Times crosswords that has ever been published.
- Over three years' worth of puzzles from Monday to Saturday editions of The New York Times - Edited and with an introduction by legendary Times crossword editor Will Shortz
It is what it is and it is great.
By Joe Schmoe reviewer - January 5, 2005
I was buying the NY Times everyday just so I could do the puzzle at lunchtime at the office. In the area I lived, it was $1 a day! Do the math. This collection saved me a bundle.
As a habitual crossword puzzler, I switched from habitually buying the paper each morning to habitually zeroxing the next puzzle in this book. I found it much easier to copy the puzzles than to hold this rather bulky tome. And copying allowed me to enlarge them to a full letter size page if I so desired (though it was not necessary -- the puzzles are their normal dimensions and fit two-to-a-page in this collection).
Working off a copy also discouraged me from turning the page and starting a different puzzle when I got stuck on the really tough Friday and Saturday puzzles.
If you're a habitual puzzler, this book is a god send.
Bottom line(s): The price is obviously fantastic. The collection is obviously HUGE! The puzzles are just like the daily paper -- from... read more
Many hours of entertainment in an inexpensive volume
By Ramesh Gopal - September 19, 2005
If you have tried and liked the crossword puzzles in the New York Times, but do not subscribe to the newspaper, this book is for you. It is certainly more cost effective than subscribing just for the puzzles. There is also a crossword only online subscription option, incidentally, but this book probably packs more bang for the buck. If you have not previously solved New York Times puzzles, it's worth trying a few before you buy the book.
A few things to be aware of: The daily puzzles in the paper increase in difficulty from Monday to Friday. As far as I can tell, the ones in the book are not arranged in any particular order. Also this is a compilation of puzzles that appeared over the past decade. In so far as a few questions deal with ongoing events, they are now harder than back when the events were in the news. Non-New Yorkers may be stumped by allusions to local personalities.
On the whole the book should provide many hours of entertainment.
NY Times Puzzle Book
By D. J. Goetz "Oceandreamer" - June 10, 2007
I love crossword puzzles! This book is too awkward to use though for two reasons. One is that it's heavy and hard to hold open anywhere except at a table (my favorite spot is the recliner or lawn chair!). The second reason is that the puzzle is on the wrong part of the page. It should be near the binding or even in the middle with the clues surrounding it. Again, it wouldn't be as bad at the table, but that's not where I do them.