In many cases, puzzles are solved by an individual person.  However, solving puzzles and different types of word games in a group can also be extremely beneficial. In February 2015, the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency launched an online puzzle club at the Portarlington Neighbourhood House.  Members meet once a month where they solve puzzles to: Build their (individual and collective) general knowledge Read more…

When I was a child, my grandmother introduced my sister, brother and I to a great word building game.  It is called The Librarian’s Cat.  I would like to share it with you.  If you are looking for word puzzle games to play with your kids, then this it. Kids don’t have to have all the fun, adults can also Read more…

Ashley Smith is the creator of the  Riyechi™ puzzle.  He has been very kind and written a blog post to tell us about it.  If you are looking for a challenging logic puzzle game, then this is it! Ever wanted a puzzle that exercises your word wizardry as well as your lust for logic? Riyechi™ could be just what you are Read more…

Codewords are crosswords without written clues.  You are provided with a grid, and each square contains a number 1 to 26 (ie. the letters of the alphabet).   You are given a small number of letters to start you off.  Your challenge is to study the numerical patterns in the grid, and using your literacy and logic skills, crack the inbuilt Read more…

Did you know that you can learn another language by doing crossword puzzles?  It may sound like a challenge, but it’s a really fun way to learn your new vocabulary and spelling. At Fishpond I found a book called Your First 100 Words in German: German for Total Beginners Through Puzzles and Games . Your First 100 Words in German Read more…

by Denise Sutherland One of the most common types of cryptic crossword clue you’ll come across is the anagram clue. In these sorts of clues there is — as is usual with most cryptic clues – a definition, and some wordplay. The definition is a regular definition for the answer word. So, for example, say if we look at the Read more…

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. Add these facts about crossword puzzles to your general knowledge… Crossword aficianados are called “cruciverbalists”.  The first crossword puzzle, as we know it, was Read more…

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…

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 something of a myth. Help The Environment By Printing Your Puzzles On Recycled Paper There is only so much recycled paper that can be Read more…

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