A codeword puzzle is a clueless crossword.  You are provided with a grid, and each square contains a number 1 to 26 (ie. the letters of the alphabet).   Your challenge is use your thinking and logic skills, as well as your knowledge of the English language to crack the inbuilt code and spell out all the words in the puzzle grid. For Read more…

  “The naming of cats is a difficult matter.  It isn’t just one of your holiday games…” T.S. Eliot, The Naming of Cats We are all used to learning different types of words.  It’s part of our everyday life, really.  Nouns are the ‘naming words’, verbs are the ‘doing words’ and adjectives are the ‘describing words’.  Adjectives have always been my Read more…

Children with ADHD seem to be unable to concentrate on any one thing for very long.  They fidget, change the subject and often just get up and walk away.    Life can be very difficult for the child as well as for you as parents. I would hate to be the teacher in a classroom where there can be more than Read more…

The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency promotes the huge benefits of solving puzzles to people of all ages, particularly seniors and retirees. One of the many advantages is that they provide the opportunity to engage in an activity that fosters  lifelong learning By visiting www.cluedetectivepuzzlesonline.com, your retirement village residents can login to play a wide selection of original crossword, codeword and sudoku Read more…

Modern day employers need to be constantly aware of their responsibilities when it comes to workplace health and safety.  Safety checks, ergonomic equipment and safety training have all helped to reduce any health risks in the workplace.  Some employers have set up special facilities such as dedicated lunch rooms/time out spaces and even gyms so that their staff can maintain their Read more…

The traditional way of learning to spell is essentially by sounding out the letters and then memorising.  We all remember the old adages such as “I before E, except after C”.  But what if we adopted a more numerical approach?     An Alternative to Traditional Spelling Bees There is a very simple way to do this, and that is Read more…

In many cases, puzzles are solved by an individual person.  However, solving puzzles and different types of word games in a group can also be extremely beneficial. In February 2015, the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency launched an online puzzle club at the Portarlington Neighbourhood House.  Members meet once a month where they solve puzzles to: Build their (individual and collective) general knowledge Read more…

At the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency, we love to promote the benefits of puzzles, and generally we are talking about solving them.  But when somebody who enjoys solving crosswords discovers that they are rather good at compiling them as well, the benefits are definitely two-fold. Enter Karen Clarke, the creator of Krypton Cryptics, the newest cryptic crossword on the block. Read more…

The crossword puzzle’s popularity shows no sign of abating, even now in the digital age.  It’s very easy to plug in and enjoy playing puzzles using your favourite technological device. The aim of digital inclusion is to integrate digital skills with our everyday activities. There is no doubt, the solving of the daily crossword still maintains its universal appeal, so why Read more…

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