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…

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…

Solving crossword puzzles is a great way to improve your spelling and build your vocabulary bank.  Crossword solvers have often said to me that using a crossword dictionary does not provide them with an adequate challenge. They believe they should be able to have all the answers in their memory.  Some even go as far as saying it is ‘cheating’ to Read more…

Sometimes you just can’t figure out the answer and it can be very frustrating.   Don’t worry, here are some great online crossword puzzle solving tools to help you out. Crossword Dictionary is a great little site that will help you fill in those blanks.  I entered A..le as my incomplete word and the result listed 17 possibilities!  This tame little Read more…

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