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…

If you have school-age children, crosswords and other types of puzzle games are great activities to supplement with their regular schoolwork.  They don’t have to stop learning just because they have come home.  If you have several children at school,  having a spelling bee around the dinner table is a great idea! You can choose to practise the spelling words Read more…

Word  puzzle games are great to incorporate in a child’s education.  Popular games include easy crossword puzzles and word searches and many others. These can become more complex as they grow and develop their thinking, and behavioural patterns. Puzzles Help Kids Learn Puzzles are not only fun, but they help children with reading, comprehension, logic, as well as expanding their Read more…

Are you one of those people that spend several hours a day travelling to work on public transport? It can get pretty boring, can’t it?  Perhaps you need a new challenge. Why not start solving crosswords daily while you commute to work. They are fun, and a great  way to get your brain working for the day ahead, and increase Read more…

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