This work is a personal reminiscence and a guide to solving crossword puzzles. Each chapter starts with a clue and uses anecdote, history and autobiography to solve it, in the process describing something of what it means to love England. In the process, readers encounter "The Best Crossword Clue Ever", "The Most Beautiful Clue in the World" and the eccentric personalities behind such legendary compilers as the "Guardian's" Araucaria and the "Times's" Ximenes.
Sandy Balfour was born in South Africa and emigrated to Britain in 1985. He is an award-winning television producer and has been known, on occasions, to complete The Times' crossword.