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Sloppy, poor clues!
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2019
My 9-year-old granddaughter was looking forward to learning this fun activity, and the many positive reviews I read about this series made it sound like a great introduction. But in just the first few puzzles we found a number of clues that seemed to obscure, rather than suggest, the answer. In many cases, the clues seem to indicate a part of speech that is different from that of the answer. Examples:
1) "Like a sweet potato" seems to call for an adjective, such as "orange" or "egg-shaped." Nope, the answer is "yam." Why not use "A food like a sweet potato?"
2) "Contains the stars." A verb? No, "sky."
3) "Tests to establish facts." A verb? A plural noun? No, "experiment."
4) "How many." Answer: "numbers."
5) "Move with aid of the wind." Answer: "sailing."
6) "Soft and icy cold." Answer: "snow."
And on and on. Really, it would have been easy to phrase clues that communicate better -- "This contains the stars." "Moving with the aid of the wind."
But the one that took the cake was this: "Sixty seconds makes up one of these." Answer: "Hours." HUH??
Was there an editor in the publication process?
We ended up ordering one of Trip Payne's "Crossword Puzzles for Bright Kids," and I'm hoping the frustrations of the other book haven't soured my granddaughter on crosswords altogether.