Let’s Play Charades… Cryptic Style!

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Self-Esteem Boosting Benefits of Puzzling for Kids

Did you know that puzzles are great for kids self-esteem? Solving puzzles such as crosswords is a great activity for kids to not not only help them  learn; it also helps them boost their self-esteem and mental fitness.  Best of all, it can often happen quite subconsciously, because they are having too much fun to […]

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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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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 Librarian’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 Librarian’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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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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Spelling By Numbers

By Catherine Eagleson The traditional way of learning to spell is essentially by sounding out the letters, as well as studying them to memorise them.  We all remember the old adages such as “I before E, except after C”.  But what if we adopted a more cryptographic approach?  Well we think we have found it.  […]

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Play Clue Detective “Quintain”

One of the wonderful things about the English language is that short words can be found hiding in longer words, and often they bear no relation whatsoever.  It has given us an idea for a new Clue Detective word building game.   We have called it Quintain.  You may be wondering why we are calling it Quintain.  Well as […]

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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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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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