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Wish to reach David with a puzzling, composing or speaking request?

Have a general verbal query? (Please, no direct Q&A about the latest DA crossword – that’s why the cyber-gods invented the DA Trippers site.)

Keen to respond to the Wordplay column? Or suggest a Wordwit puzzle? Then fire away. Your comments and ideas may well be part of a future website piece, puzzle or column – unless you state otherwise, of course.

As a speaker I've inspired kids, festivals & execs with crossword classes, book talks, wordplay games & lateral thinking exercises. Inquire here

PS: if you aspire to be a future compiler, then let me encourage you to get involved with the site’s many games and contests, and strut your verbal stuff. Best way to prove your props, believe me.


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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.



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. 

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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.

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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.

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