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…

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…

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…

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