by Denise Sutherland One of the most common types of cryptic crossword clue you’ll come across is the anagram clue. In these sorts of clues there is — as is usual with most cryptic clues – a definition, and some wordplay. The definition is a regular definition for the answer word. So, for example, say if we look at the Read more…

A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy brain.  We know that what we eat and drink has a direct impact on the cells of our brain and body. The Brain Foundation of Australia lists these as the major things we need to do to keep our brain fit and alert: Exercise and challenge your brain – don’t be a Read more…

These days, when we are all typing away online so often, it is not unusual to make the odd typo.  What does become annoying, though, are the words that are consistently misspelt.   These are some of the words that people commonly get wrong. accommodate allege calendar controversy definitely embarrass harassment independant liaise occasion questionnaire Which words do you have most trouble Read more…

by Denise Sutherland So – what are cryptic crosswords? To the uninitiated they appear completely unfathomable, and deservedly so. The clues seem to make no sense whatsoever! Well, I’m happy to tell you that they can make sense, once you know the tricks of the trade. A cryptic crossword is a fiendish variation on the basic crossword, that was developed Read more…

Is your school or club looking for new fundraising initiatives to raise money for your important projects?  The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency makes its puzzle subscriptions available as a fundraising product.  When members of your community purchase any item from our shop as part of the fundraising drive, your group will receive a percentage of the purchase price. With the combined Read more…

The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency is celebrating a two exciting milestones! Introducing Cryptic Crossword Puzzles by Nixie (Denise Sutherland) We are absolutely delighted to welcome Denise Sutherland (alias Nixie) as our newly recruited cryptic crossword setter. Denise has been published in many publications in Australia and worldwide, as well as being an author of a range of puzzling titles.  You Read more…

We at the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency have teamed up with Denise Sutherland at Sutherland Studios (a fellow Australian puzzle writer and the designer of this great pattern) to bring you a brand new crossword puzzle knitting competition. Who would have thought knitting and crossword puzzling could go together with such effortless synergy! To enter, knit your own 1 Across Read more…

According to Wikipedia, Mensa is the largest, oldest and best known high-IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised intelligence test.  Mensa is formally composed of national groups and the umbrella organization Mensa International.   There is an Australian branch of Mensa too. Entry Read more…

There are a number of different types of word puzzle games that you can solve to keep your brain fit and healthy. Crosswords Did you know that there are a number of different layouts for crosswords?  According to Wisegeek “the American-style grid usually has no more than one-sixth of its squares blacked out, and most of the letters will “check” Read more…

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