Category Archives -crossword puzzles

Crosswords have a fascinating history.  Here is just a small selection of interesting facts about these ever-popular puzzle games. We are sure there are more out there, so if you have anything to add, please let us know. Did you know? Crossword aficianados are called “cruciverbalists”.  The first crossword puzzle, as we know it, was written by Arthur Wynne, and was published Read more…

by Denise Sutherland Double definition cryptic clues are a favourite of mine. They are deceptively simple. They can really confuse you, if you’re searching for the usual wordplay clues, but in fact they are quite simple. They are pretty much exactly what they say — two different definitions for a single word. These clues are often quite short — they Read more…

by Denise Sutherland One of the keys to cracking the cryptic code is learning about abbreviations. We setters use abbreviations in our clues all the time. They are used to ‘clue’ letters individually, or sometimes in pairs or triplets. Here’s an example. Say I am writing a clue for the word CICADA. One of the (many) ways I can break Read more…