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Have you ever solved a cryptogram?  They are a lot of fun and, I would say, potentially  addictive! Once you start, you simply have to sit there until you have cracked the code! You really get an appreciation of the work done by the dedicated codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War II. In all the cryptograms I have come across, you are Read more…

A codeword puzzle is a clueless crossword.  You are provided with a grid, and each square contains a number 1 to 26 (ie. the letters of the alphabet).   Your challenge is use your thinking and logic skills, as well as your knowledge of the English language to crack the inbuilt code and spell out all the words in the puzzle grid. For Read more…

The traditional way of learning to spell is essentially by sounding out the letters and then memorising.  We all remember the old adages such as “I before E, except after C”.  But what if we adopted a more numerical approach?     An Alternative to Traditional Spelling Bees There is a very simple way to do this, and that is Read more…

Have you tried a Clue Detective codeword yet?  These puzzles are great for puzzlers of all ages to solve.   Codewords are Portable Clue Detective codeword puzzles are very easy to solve wherever you are.  They are great to solve on your tablet.  Set yourself a challenge to solve one on the train trip to work, during your lunch-hour, or 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…

Have you discovered codewords? They are fun, challenging word puzzle games, that really make you feel like a detective, because you have to nut out the hidden code. Codewords are crossword puzzles in reverse.  They do not have dictionary or general knowledge-based clues. They consist of a coded puzzle grid, and each letter of the alphabet is (randomly) represented by a number 1-26, so Read more…