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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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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Zoom In to Solve Codeword Puzzles

Playing online word games 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 your iPad or […]

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Problem Solving With Puzzles

Many of the challenges you encounter in life are physical and emotional.  Puzzles, such as crosswords, codewords, sudoku and trivia quizzes are brain challenges, where you need to use your knowledge of the English language, word structure and general facts, as well as your logic skills to find the answer.  We have profiled several popular puzzles and how […]

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Boost Your IQ Solving Puzzles

Have you ever aspired to be a member of the organisation Mensa? It is the largest, oldest and best known high-IQ society in the world. Mensa is a non-profit organisation open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised intelligence test.  Mensa is formally composed of national groups and […]

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Discover the Benefits of Solving Puzzles

Playing and solving puzzles on a regular basis has many benefits. There are so many positives about playing these games. They boost our general knowledge, increase our vocabulary and improve our logic skills. Crosswords and codewords are great for improving your vocabulary and spelling Whether you are learning a new language or trying to improve your […]

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Solving Puzzles May Ease Panic Attacks

Anxiety affect millions of people, young and old, around the world.  It can be extremely debilitating.  However, we have some good news.  Research has discovered that solving puzzles may ease panic attacks. An article published in Psychology Today says that the best way to combat panic attacks is to engage your brain. Puzzles may ease […]

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Cryptic Clue Anatomy

by Denise Sutherland So, what makes a cryptic clue? There are some general principles that apply to most types of cryptic clues. We’re all used to regular crossword clues, which are basically definitions for, or possibly examples of, the answer. So you might have: Feline (7) = LEOPARD In a cryptic clue, however, there are […]

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How To Solve Codewords

by Catherine Eagleson Codewords are crosswords without written clues.  You are provided with a grid, and each square contains a number 1 to 26 (ie. the letters of the alphabet).   You are given a small number of letters to start you off.  Your challenge is to study the numerical patterns in the grid, and using […]

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Types of Word Puzzle Games

by Annie Carlin There are a number of different types of word puzzle games that you can solve to keep your brain fit and healthy.  Whatever your favourite, you can solve them leisurely on your own, or with a group of friends.  A morning/afternoon coffee break is ideal. Crosswords Did you know that there are […]

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