Puzzles, posts, news and general word-chat.

Diabolically Arcane

Bingo. You’ve reached David Astle dot com, a carnival of words, puzzles and more words. Welcome aboard, and have fun.

Loading tweet...

Demonym Derby

20 March, 2015

A word challenge before we begin a placename game. This comes from Kerry via email:  What do you call a tweeter (or blog poster) who gatecrashes the chat, gets all sweary & upset because you don't share their views, then humphs off in a state of hurt or outrage?

Phew. Plenty to fit into one word. So far the shortlist - beyond troll - is Trollum (after Gollum) and the adjective of pestulant. Any other nominees?

++

Now for the name game - two in fact:

1. Can you create a comical Oz demonym? To whet the wits, consider Lismoron, Yassman, Thredbogan, Bondiver, Cobarman (and Cobarmaid) & Perthling.

2. And keeping geographic, what might be an Oz town's funny offshore twin? If the Shire of Bland is hoping to connect with Dull, Ohio (seriously), then what other alliances may be on the agenda? What about:

Orange & Valencia

Mascot & Manchester (think beds...)

Dandenong & Antwerp

Hay & Grasmere

You get the geo-gist. Have fun with all three brain-ticklers.

Welcome to the new forum. Looks scary? It’s not. Feels iffy? It ain’t. The DisQus platform is here to block spam and lend us more chat options. That’s all. Please note, you don’t have to create a DisQus account to make a comment. If you do, however, it will speed your future visits. Be assured no details are abused, misused or reused. Let’s fight spam as one, and get back to the grand conversation. Thanks, DA

comments powered by Disqus

Wordburger Awaits!

Welcome all puzzle-lovers, including any chompers of the Wordburger book or app. (Check them out if you enjoy words & trickery.) And if you still crave more alphabet mischief, click on the burger icon above for a fresh serve.

Medal

Wordburger

Packed with games, pickles, codes and cheesy puns, Wordburger is your chance to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites. Ideal for wordy kids keen to open a new language door, or grown-ups who want to cut their cryptic teeth. Click here. 

read more +

Riddledom

Riddles in song, in code, in pictures. From Ireland & Wonderland, Einstein & Pompeii. Riddledom reveals 101 wry questions from 50+ languages & shares their secrets. A book to unlock culture via conundrum. Order here.

read more +

Cluetopia

Cluetopia roams the planet – and century – to find fresh crossword stories in 30+ languages. From shipwrecks to hoaxes, Cluetopia is a holiday for the head. Buy here.

read more +

Recent Comments

Riddledom Rave

If you missed my riddle chat with Richard Fidler, then feel free to slurp the podcast at http://ab.co/1I9t1x5

Text-speak is creeping into Scrabble. Where do you sit?
OBVS I'm fine with it
Entrenched stuff - like LOL and OMG - but no more.
Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
Let the 'real' dictionaries decide first
Just the handy stuff, like FAQ and EUW
I mean, WTF?! No way
See Results