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...

Ogre in a Toga

25 September, 2015

Received a Folly idea from the splendid setter in Anax, otherwise known as Dean Mayer. (And please feel free to send along any Storm or Folly inklings that come your way.)

The game is simple. Your answer must pivot on two rhymes, with 'IN A' in between. Lewis Hamilton, perhaps, could be a STAR in a CAR. An ascending reptile could an ALLIGATOR in an ELEVATOR, while new signs of Russian poverty, maybe, could be BREADLINE in a HEADLINE.

As you can see, 'in an' is OK. As well as 'in the' - so long as we stick to the preposition, and simplicity of the rhymes. To signal your clues - with initials and number - please provide each answer's initials. My opening half-doz:

DA1 - Cranky constable (C in a S)

DA2 - Ripple? (Q in a R)

DA3 - Techno? (D in a T)

DA4 - Dive-sharing? (S in an U)

DA5 - Temperamental (S in a J)

DA6 - Cuckoo (P in a N)

So guys - what else can we devise?

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