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…

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…

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