Do you enjoy learning new words?  I certainly do.  It’s great to be able to increase our vocabulary.  You never know when an unusual word is going to appear in a crossword or codeword.  It’s fantastic feeling when you realise you have already heard it, or better still, know its meaning, without having to go and look it up in Read more…

Become inspired over the Christmas break with some puzzle fun from ‘Crack the Codeword’ puzzle book proudly bought to you by www.ClueDetective.com.   Everyone loves the challenge of a good puzzle. I love it when I’ve been able to solve a brain teaser and then pass it on to others to see how long it takes them. There’s nothing like a little Read more…

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…

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