About the Clue Detective

” And his language was sesquipedalial.”  It isn’t sesquipedalial, it’s sesquipedalian….” Dorothy L. Sayers, Murder Must Advertise

Sesquipedalian is my favourite word in the English language.  What does it mean?  Well it either means a person who likes to use long words, or a word with many syllables.

Even as a young child I was destined to become a wordsmith.  As a 7-year-old, my grandmother was giving me great spelling challenges.  Words such as ‘government’ and ‘amazement’, for example.

I have been writing (crossword and codeword) puzzles for almost 20 years.  I get huge enjoyment from creating problems for other people to solve.. “Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together and then writing the clues is also a mental work out for me, just as it is for the puzzler trying to solve them. In many ways, and it’s a form of escapism. All clues need to be researched and are somewhat eclectic. I am always learning something different.  

The primary reason Clue Detective began was that in 2002, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.  I was told by my GP that I could only work eight hours a week (in mainstream employment).  I chose to heed the medical advice but knew I had to do something.  I decided to take up writing puzzles as ‘therapy’, and one thing led to another.

Over the years, I have worked to develop the Clue Detective Online Puzzle Portal. My range of puzzles includes crosswords, codewords, ‘decryptocodes’ (cryptograms), sudoku and trivia quizzes.  With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are struggling with their mental health.  One of the benefits of solving puzzles is that it can curb anxiety.

The portal is now used as an electronic resource in public libraries.  If you wish to try the puzzles, simply request that your own library subscribes; you gain free access as part of your subscription.  

I warmly invite you to join the Clue Detective’s puzzling community, and discover the benefits it has to offer you.


Catherine Eagleson

Founder, Clue Detective Puzzle Agency

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