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.  

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. As a puzzler, you can sign up to an annual subscription.  The portal is also used as an electronic resource in a growing number of public libraries. Several libraries have established their own Clue Detective clubs for their patrons to promote the benefits of puzzling for good mental health, as well as stimulating entertainment. I very much enjoy working with educationalists, teachers and tutors.  Puzzles can be a great learning resource for students, especially in the area of vocabulary development.

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


Catherine Eagleson

Founder, Clue Detective Puzzle Agency

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