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Salon 30

4 June, 2012

A cute fluke took place last week. Five-Down in the latest Fairfax puzzle was STRIKER, coinciding with a journo walk-out in both cities. (I swear Your Honour, it was a fluke. I composed the grid six weeks before publication.) But those eerie things strike quite a bit. Readers of Puzzled will know I dub the syndrome Crossword Voodoo.

Can you recall a weird resonance happening to you? Maybe you fill in a word, only for the same term to crop up in conversation? (Already one dabbler has told me that AMANUENSIS in Friday’s Quick echoed Anna Funder’s novel, All That I Am, where the narrator has just that gig. And no, I have yet to read that book.)

Or maybe a name has surfaced – a celeb, or a hotisorical figure – and the same week seeing the person hit the news. Share your voodoo tales here. And then let’s take pleasure in pinpointing the best of the week’s clues from the G and Times here too.

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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

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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 

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OBVS I'm fine with it
Entrenched stuff - like LOL and OMG - but no more.
Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
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