Puzzles are the perfect activity for kids to do to help them boost their self esteem; and the best thing is that it can often happen quite unconsciously, because they are having too much fun to notice! Once they have solved some puzzles successfully, and experience the sense of achievement that comes with doing so, they will want to do more Read more…

Finding the solution to a puzzle is a way of mastering a challenge, and enhancing your problem solving skills. How do you achieve this? Many of the challenges you encounter in life are physical. Puzzles, such as crosswords, codewords and sudoku are mind challenges, where you need to use your knowledge of the English language, word structure and general facts, Read more…

Sudoku is a puzzle that can be complicated; but when you complete your first one you feel victorious and exhilarated.  It’s also a great way to give your brain a workout. If you are just starting, you can sign up for weekly newsletter and play our free sudoku and can check your answers as you go so that you know whether Read more…

  Spelling bees are a great educational tool to help children boost their vocabulary and general knowledge.  In many ways they are just like a puzzle game that needs to be solved.  They are fun, but they can also be a daunting experience.  Simply standing in front of an audience (even if it is classmates) can be a scary thing to do.  Read more…

One of the things I most enjoy about setting a crosswords or trivia questions, is finding great quotations to turn into clues. Not only do they make the puzzles interesting, they also help boost our general knowledge.   Quotations help us to retain a link with the past.  There are many historical figures whose words continue to inspire us today Read more…

Crosswords are great for building up your vocabulary.  You learn of words that you have never heard before, and they are given a context for use through the clue. We thought we would find a few new words for you today.  Perhaps they will appear in one of our puzzles soon! Panglossian -Excessively or naively optimistic. Petrichor – the smell of Read more…

I don’t know about you, but if you are like me and run a computer and printer at home, the scrap paper does tend to accumulate.  Let’s face it, the concept of ‘the paperless office’ is a bit of a myth. There is only so much recycled paper that can be cut up to be used as jotting notes and Read more…

By Anthony Chatfield The ideal nerd evening at some point must involve a ribald game of Scrabble. This, the most quintessential of all the word creation, crossword related games of the world, is one of those experiences that if done correctly always makes you feel smarter than everyone else, a worthwhile endeavor indeed. And so, when you break it all Read more…

Thinking of ways to raise money for your school, church or club can sometimes be difficult. The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency offers your school or club the opportunity to raise money by running a puzzle book fundraising drive.  Puzzles have many benefits, particularly as they are  educational, promote good brain health, suit every age-group and make great gift ideas.   Best of all, they Read more…

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