Clue Detective : Puzzling With a Modern-Day Twist

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 crossword puzzles can be easily adapted to be used with our new 21st century gadgetry.

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 a fantastic way to help you stay occupied.  They can be enjoyed by individual puzzlers, but with the 21st century solving methods we have mentioned, it is very easy for groups of friends to connect and enjoy some quality time together.

Puzzling to make a difference

Clue Detective is proud to be partnering with Rotary clubs for Australia’s Rotary Health’s Hat Day 2020. It’s important to keep our mental health during these difficult times.

Funds raised go towards individual club service projects, as well as Australian Rotary Health’s Lift the Lid on Mental Illness Campaign.  Find out how to get involved, and help raise vital funds for mental health research.


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