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...

Karma Comedian

9 August, 2011

Before this website came into being, my niche was known as Cassowary Crossing. The original blog was based on my Offbeat guide to Australia, published in 2007. But soon the travel motif morphed into wordplay, and stuff like Birdbrains, Brainstorms and Clues of Repute seized control. A year ago the bird was ditched for this new-look, all-verbal home for Dabblers to flock together.

Hence this week’s storm we dabble in reincarnation. Choose a celebrity – or person of profile – and wangle their letters to suggest what they will be in the next life. Or what have they already become, in the case of the notable dead. For example, Eddie Mabo has gone from loved liberator to gloved resuscitator, in the shape of Eddie Ambo.

Or Cameron Diaz has shifted from paparazzi target to gossip columnist: Romance Diaz. While surf champ Andy Irons has drifted from Waikiki Sunset to My Beautiful Laundrette in the guise of Andy Rinso.

That’s the game: to mix the first or second name of your chosen celeb, and nutshell the karmic journey in a pithy summary. Double-barrels are OK, such as Gwyneth Paltrow becoming Gwyneth War-Plot, though a one-word shift perhaps holds greater charm. True Nirvana is reached by those entries owning a sweet synopsis, a clean anagram and a thoroughly deserved karma. Some more examples:

From talk show to talk (no): Harpo Winfrey
From Possession to possessed: AS Batty
From bubblegum pap to gangsta rap: Ni##er Spice
From It Girl to Frat Boy: Marilyn Mooner
From Good Will Hunting to food, kill, hunting: Matt Nomad

In the meantime, I’m still trying to conjure the right précis for Tenzing Groany! Spiritual enlightenment goes to the best three examples, with a shortlist of Zen zingers scheduled as part of our Saturday worship. Deadline so to speak is Thursday, 8pm. So get cracking and tackle your astral project.

comments powered by Disqus

Rewording The Brain

Focus & memory, lateral leaps & logic - every aspect of cognitive health is lit in Rewording The Brain, a book revelling in how puzzles boost your brain. Part 2 equips your brain to conquer any twisty clue, plus the wild crossword finale. Pop science meets neural gameplay, Rewording is rewarding, and out now.


Rewording The Brain

Care to renew your noodle? Rewording The Brain explores the latest neural studies, seeing how puzzles (and twisty clues) boost your neurons. Part 2 helps you crack such clues, and prep the grey matter for the crossword showcase to finish. More here

read more +

101 Weird Words (and 3 Fakes)

From Ambidextrous to Zugwang, this mini-dictionary teems with rare or alluring words, plus bonus riddles, puzzles and fun word-facts. Dictionary detective will also nab the collection's three fakes. Ideal for late primary schoolers, or word-nuts in general.

read more +

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 +

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