The Clue Detective’s mission is to create puzzle games that will entertain, as well as teach the puzzler interesting words and facts to expand their vocabulary and general knowledge. They are also great for mental health.
The crossword puzzle has come a long way since it was invented by Arthur Wynne in 1913. Technology has advanced so far in last 100+ years. There are many ways to solve a crossword that he could only have dreamt about.
Solving puzzles…. 21st century-style
Playing puzzles such as crosswords has traditionally been regarded as a rather solitary activity. Solving the daily crossword in the newspaper is not generally a pastime conducive for more than one person. However, if you are looking for online games such as crossword, codeword and sudoku puzzles they can be easily adapted to be used with our new 21st century gadgetry. All it takes is a little imagination.
Interactive puzzling fosters learning
With the aid of our modern-day devices such as laptops, flat-screen TV monitors, HDMI cables and now Zoom meetings, it is very easy to play these iconic word games in a group setting. Set up the puzzle in a place where everyone can see it, and then start solving. Playing puzzles in this way has many benefits. People are staying connected and are making new friends. They are learning new words and facts, as well as sharing own knowledge throughout the activity. Best of all, it is a lot of fun. This method can used in any group situation, such as the (remote learning) classroom, or the online puzzle club provided by a public library. It is clear that the crossword puzzle is highly adaptable and can be used in a variety of 21st century formats.
Puzzling for our ‘new COVID normal’
With our daily movements being severely restricted due to COVID-19, solving puzzles is the ideal way to help you stay occupied. Puzzles can be enjoyed individually, but by using the 21st century solving methods we have mentioned, it is very easy for groups of friends to connect and enjoy some quality time together.