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Posts tagged with crossword stuff:

Digraphs R US

Posted on 26 March, 2014

The House of Pun

Posted on 19 March, 2014

Salon 6 - Calmer Stupor

Posted on 17 March, 2014


Posted on 10 December, 2013

Pining Araucaria

Posted on 27 November, 2013

Ye Olde Obscurities

Posted on 7 November, 2013

Crossword Mystery (Salon 43)

Posted on 28 October, 2013

Mr Wellerisms

Posted on 27 September, 2013

Famous Names (Once)

Posted on 26 September, 2013

Celluloid Hero

Posted on 3 July, 2013

Translation Troubles

Posted on 14 June, 2013


Posted on 6 April, 2013

Coffee Break

Posted on 28 February, 2013

Bonus Puzzles

Posted on 28 November, 2012


Posted on 21 November, 2012


Posted on 25 October, 2012

Oooh, We're Looking For Clues

Posted on 18 October, 2012


Posted on 31 May, 2012

Hip-Hop Flip-Flop

Posted on 19 January, 2012

Q&A with LR

Posted on 13 January, 2012

Times 9178

Posted on 6 December, 2011

Good Break

Posted on 17 October, 2011

Freak Evades Clan!

Posted on 24 July, 2011

Fond Clues

Posted on 7 July, 2011

Mum's The Word

Posted on 4 May, 2011

Ximenes vs Araucaria

Posted on 23 March, 2011

The Nation Decides

Posted on 17 March, 2011

Verbal Warming (or Cooling)

Posted on 10 March, 2011

You Always Remember Your First - Hopefully

Posted on 19 February, 2011

Crossword World

Posted on 21 December, 2010

October Clue Clinic

Posted on 17 December, 2010

Havoc Ahead

Posted on 9 December, 2010

Cartoon Corner

Posted on 24 November, 2010

Quills Poised?

Posted on 18 November, 2010

The Wheel Deal

Posted on 15 November, 2010

Love You Long Time

Posted on 12 November, 2010

Motor-Mouth Clues

Posted on 4 November, 2010

Overlap Overlap

Posted on 28 October, 2010

Desperately Seeking Monty

Posted on 11 October, 2010

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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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.

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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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Riddledom Rave

If you missed my riddle chat with Richard Fidler, then feel free to slurp the podcast at http://ab.co/1I9t1x5