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...

Elementary Enigma

11 March, 2016

Ken Jennings is the US trivia king without peer. Back in 2004, he reigned for 74 episodes of Jeopardy!! (That's one exclamation mark to accompany the show's exclamation mark.)

He also mails out a free set of curly questions every Tuesday. It's open to subscribers, while the posers are always fresh and intriguing. Without fail, my favourite of the bunch is the final question that boasts on being Googleproof. 

That question may relate to quirky film links, or VIP overlaps, or city sizes etc. And last year, the Googleproofer turned its focus upon the periodic table. I've listed the relevant elements below. So (a) can you detect their unique link? And (b) - can you compose the smartest clue for any of the substances, no definition needed?









Thallium (arguably)


Enjoy your rubidium conundrum, and chlorinated clue-crafting...

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


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 +


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 +


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