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…

The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency is delighted to learn of the recent research conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society through Kings College, London and its findings.  The research has found that doing regular brain training exercises can help to improve cognitive function in older people. The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency is passionate about promoting the benefits of solving puzzles to seniors, Read more…

A great benefit of solving word puzzle games is that you improve your vocabulary. I have come across some words I had never seen before and I love being able to use them correctly in a sentence. Crossword and codeword puzzle games have woken in me a curiosity about language. Have they done the same for you? Here are some Read more…

I don’t know how old you were when you started solving crosswords and other word puzzle games.  I was about 7, and it has formed an important part of my life.  I always enjoyed spelling at school and I was always encouraged by my parents and even my grandparents.  When I was in about Grade 1, my grandmother set me Read more…

At the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency we love building our vocabulary and word power through solving online crossword and codeword puzzles. We are never too old to learn new words, what they mean, and how they are spelt.   With this in mind we have come up with a new word game.  All you have to do is find the Read more…

While Alzheimers Australia states  “there is no sure way to prevent dementia…” they suggest a number of strategies you can put in place to your risk.  Together, they offer a holistic approach to good health and wellbeing.  At the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency, we have outlined them all for you below and show how solving puzzles can be integrated and provide an Read more…

I have been writing codewords for many years now, and it always intrigues me to watch them being solved.  This was particularly so this week during my Puzzle Club session.  I put a codeword puzzle up on the screen only to realise that I had not provided any given letters. The Puzzle Club members, however, are always up for a Read more…

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