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...

Hs Away!

19 May, 2015

Time for a contest, with a tangible and readable prize. The book up for grabs is called The (H)Aitch Factor by Macquarie Dictionary's own Susan Butler. The title alone should help you guess where this showdown is going...

That's right - H hoicking. But not just in Cockney style (turning hair into air), but anywhere the H is hiding. That means HERRING and ERRING is a legit pair, despite the sound variance, just as much as BATH and BAT can be a couple. (Ditto for HEATH and HEAT - or EAT - where you banish whichever H/s you choose.)

Once you devise your duo - ditching the H from any word or name to make another - can you cook up two classy clues?

Let's not worry about aliases, as in the past. (Not sure if DisQus is all that keen about the ploy anyhow.) The winner will likely emerge amid a hubbub of consensus, otherwise I'll play Lord High Honcho to decree the stand-out double. My starters:

HAILING - Poor weather flagging

AILING - Harbour pursuit to remove sulphur, going green

LATHER - Prepare to shave woodworker?

LATER - Old opener lost face by and by

Have a helluva hoot, and I'll announce the best duo on Friday.

comments powered by Disqus

Gargantuan News

Yep, my Gargantuan Book of Words is big & full of words. Not just English but secret codes, Papuan pidgin, Zulu worms, sound FX, funny goldfish, letter origami. You get the drift? It's big. It's fun. And it's out now

Medal

Gargantuan Book of Words

Sneeze words. Fake pasta. Viking slang. Gargantuan is a jumbo jumble of puzzles & games, mazes & quizzes, tailor-made for that wordy wonderkid in your life. Or anyone in love with letters, secret codes, puns, rhymes, emoji & all things languagey. More here 

read more +

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 +

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