Interesting Facts About Crosswords

There are many interesting facts about crosswords. They really do have a fascinating history.  Here is just a small selection of  about these ever-popular puzzle games. Add these facts about crosswords to your general knowledge.   We are sure there are more fascinating facts about crosswords out there. If you come across some, please let us […]

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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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Puzzles A Game Changer For Dementia Sufferers

The challenge of fighting dementia is seen as one of the biggest health crises of our time.  A lot has been said and done to promote healthy living and incorporate various aspects of it in our everyday lives – avoiding junk food, exercising, taking vitamins etc. have all been a major points in the check-list […]

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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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Puzzling in a COVID era

by Catherine Eagleson Puzzling activities such as crosswords, codewords, sudoku and trivia quizzes are all wonderful for keeping us engaged and focused, individually and in a group.  Research shows that these educational and engaging pastimes have never been more popular during our months of COVID lockdown.  They boost mental stimulation, as well as improving general […]

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Solve puzzles in a virtual setting

A library used to be a place that simply offered resources mostly in print format.  Not anymore.  It is now a technological hub of the universe, where a variety of electronic resources are provided to patrons.  Online puzzles is just one example.  When patrons solve puzzles in a virtual setting, they need to be able […]

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A Shakespearean Spelling Bee

At the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency we always love playing with words in a variety of ways. Imagine our delight when we came across this of words,  all invented by William Shakespeare.  We invite you to take a step back in time, and see how the Bard contributed to our language today. One of the […]

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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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