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...

Scattered Fog Patches

27 October, 2011

Morning all – you’re in for a mild day with isolated showers in the western district and on the ranges. There’s a frost warning for all strawberry farmers, and south-easterly breezes on the bays. We’re looking at a top of 25 degrees…

Reason I’m fudging a forecast is due to the Australian Met Bureau throwing down tools this week. A pay dispute, by all accounts, and I predicted the subbies would make merry with the puns, but not so far. To date, the headlines have been pretty lame:

Stoppage by Meteorologists Won’t Halt Weather Forecasts [The Australian, hohum]

Weather Bureau Forecasts Strikes [SMH – warming up]

Forecasters' Strike to Leave Weather Up in the Air [the best on record, from ABC Online]

Surely we can do better?!

And while on matters misty, and mystical affairs, two word treasures for your pleasure. The first is from blog regular Nib who found this elegant piece of Anagram Art, with punctuation included. (Shades of Stanley’s Dr Strangelove in this week’s awesome Storm.)

And second is the sweetest strawb of all – a brand-new, whistle-and-belled themer from one of UK’s best compilers, the man they call Loroso. Or Anax. Or Dean Mayer. A feast for the mind, I forecast. Feel free to bung your appraisal in the Comment section, with hints + hee-hees, but no spoilers please.

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