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As a child, I was always passionate about writing on a blackboard.  It was one of my favourite toys, especially when I could use different coloured chalk.  At that stage, I had aspirations of becoming a school teacher, but became a crossword puzzle designer instead. I was reminded of this recently, when I saw the movie The Book Thief (2013).  The Read more…

by Denise Sutherland So, what makes a cryptic clue? There are some general principles that apply to most types of cryptic clues. We’re all used to regular crossword clues, which are basically definitions for, or possibly examples of, the answer. So you might have: Feline (7) = LEOPARD In a cryptic clue, however, there are two ways of getting to Read more…

The crossword puzzle has come along way since it was invented by Arthur Wynne in 1913. With the advances in modern technology, there are many ways to solve a crossword that he would ever imagined. Playing puzzles such as crosswords has traditionally been regarded as a rather solitary activity.  Solving the daily crossword in the newspaper is not generally a Read more…