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For us Clue Detectives, we realise that puzzling is essentially business as usual. We have been reflecting on this recently, and it reminded us of a song on Men at Work’s 1981 album of the same name.  It’s called People Just Love to Play With Words, and really sums up what puzzling is all about.  Have a listen, and as you Read more…

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…

  “The naming of cats is a difficult matter.  It isn’t just one of your holiday games…” T.S. Eliot, The Naming of Cats We are all used to learning different types of words.  It’s part of our everyday life, really.  Nouns are the ‘naming words’, verbs are the ‘doing words’ and adjectives are the ‘describing words’.  Adjectives have always been my 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…

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…

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 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…

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…