• Fry's English Delight: Word Games

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 49 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Fry's English Delight: Word Games

By: Stephen Fry
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
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Is English an innately playful language? Are word games good for you? Do we divide into number and word players? And could Scrabble have been invented in any other language? In this special programme, Stephen examines many word games, and we’ll hear some familiar voices playing unfamiliar games - Sheila Dillon from 'The Food Programme' plays 'Font or Cheese' against miscellanist Ben Schott. Phill Juptitus talks about his personal word game habits, and we’ll remember the late Humphrey Lyttelton’s scurrilous account of Una Stubbs on 'I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue'. We’ll travel deep inside the mind of puzzle-setter Chris Maslanka and visit the Comedy Store in London to experience the lightning reflexes of some top word-athletes. Plus, we’ll examine an extraordinary claim - which the fashion for increasingly cryptic crosswords helped to defeat Hitler. Stephen Fry celebrates the fun side of the English language in this exclusive extended edition of a BBC Radio 4 special.

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Fascinating

English is the hardest language to speak, understand, write, and learn. This book not only explained English but also Polish, German, Italian, and many other languages. Stephen Fry is the interviewer, telling stories about his youth, and having a professional Lindquist do the teaching. If you like crosswords, I highly recommend this book.

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Word games

A brief but entertaining look into both the history and the application of word games. A fun listen, I hope they do more in this series.

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Wonderful!

Stephen Try is brilliamt! So smart and funny! Expect I will listen to this over and over.

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Delighted

Interesting, very understandable and enjoying. Great audio to practice English listening. I recommended it very well.

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boring

I expected a much funnier tale. I am glad it was relatively cheap. Boring, boring, boring!

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Fun but short

Great listen - wish it were twice the length as I was thoroughly enjoying it and it came to an end.

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More like NPR story

This was a fun listen and actually quite informative. Fry just has one of the best voices for audio.

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Not Qualified to Give an Opinion

10/10 I understood about 10% of the words and Stephen Fry would put a sexy parrot on my head for saying so.

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  • Stuart A. McIntosh
  • 07-01-20

Great Topic

Word games. Who doesn't enjoy them? Stephen Fry's exploration of the subject with the aid of experts in a light-hearted fashion. It doesn't get much better than this.

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  • Martin
  • 11-26-23

Not worth a credit

Interesting topic but not worth a credit sadly. I expected more - the book was short and although nicely read by Mr Fry it was not engaging enough for me. Not one of his better creations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

More please!

I love Fry’s English Delight, from the punning title and onward. More episodes please sir!

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