Double Definition Cryptic Clues

by Denise Sutherland Double definition cryptic clues are a favourite of mine. They are deceptively simple. They can really confuse you, if you’re searching for the usual wordplay clues, but in fact they are quite simple. They are pretty much exactly what they say — two different definitions for a single word. These clues are […]

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Puzzles The Way To A Healthy Brain

A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy brain.  We know that what we eat and drink has a direct impact on the cells of our brain and body.  But it’s also how we spend our days that has a big effect on our health in later life.  As the Brain Foundation of Australia […]

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Solve Codewords and Become a Morphologist

Do you like the idea of being a wartime code-breaker in Intelligence? All very hush-hush, with a constant air of intrigue and mystery; working through the clues logically, piece by piece.  Then the codeword is probably for you. It is also very satisfying to know that you are actively honing your spelling skills and boosting your vocabulary […]

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The Long and Short of Cryptic Abbreviations

by Denise Sutherland One of the keys to cracking the cryptic code is learning about abbreviations. We setters use abbreviations in our clues all the time. They are used to ‘clue’ letters individually, or sometimes in pairs or triplets. Here’s an example. Say I am writing a clue for the word CICADA. One of the […]

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The Mysteries of the English Language

by Annie Carlin A great benefit of solving word puzzle games is that you improve your vocabulary.  You often come across words you have never heard or seen before Isn’t it great to learn what they mean and be able to use them correctly in a sentence? The enigma of the English language Here are […]

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Anagram Clues

by Denise Sutherland One of the most common types of cryptic crossword clue you’ll come across is anagram clues. In these sorts of clues there is — as is usual with most cryptic clues – a definition, and some wordplay. The definition is a regular definition for the answer word. So, for example, say if […]

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Improve Your Spelling With the Teacher’s Cat

by Catherine Eagleson When I was a child, my grandmother introduced my sister, brother and I to a great word building game.  It is called The Teacher’s Cat.  I would like to share it with you.  If you are looking for word puzzle games to play with your kids to help them improve their spelling, […]

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Zoom In to Solve Codeword Puzzles

Playing online word games such as codewords is extremely beneficial for you no matter what your age. They are great for improving your general knowledge, vocabulary, not to mention your logic and critical thinking skills. There is always an element of mystery and fun when you solve codeword puzzles. They are perfect to solve on […]

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Cryptic Crossword Puzzles With Nixie

by Denise Sutherland  So – what are cryptic crosswords? To the uninitiated they appear completely unfathomable, and deservedly so. The clues seem to make no sense whatsoever! Well, I’m happy to tell you that they can make sense, once you know the tricks of the trade. A cryptic clue is typically formed from two elements […]

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Scrabble : Build A Crossword Puzzle Grid From Scratch!

Scrabble is a great educational word puzzle game that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board mith a 15-by-15 grid.   It can be likened to building a crossword puzzle grid from scratch.  Players place words across and […]

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