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Wish to reach David with a puzzling, composing or speaking request?

Have a general verbal query? (Please, no direct Q&A about the latest DA crossword – that’s why the cyber-gods invented the DA Trippers site.)

Keen to respond to the Wordplay column? Or suggest a Wordwit puzzle? Then fire away. Your comments and ideas may well be part of a future website piece, puzzle or column – unless you state otherwise, of course.

As a speaker I've inspired kids, festivals & execs with crossword classes, book talks, wordplay games & lateral thinking exercises. Inquire here

PS: if you aspire to be a future compiler, then let me encourage you to get involved with the site’s many games and contests, and strut your verbal stuff. Best way to prove your props, believe me.


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