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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.

TECH HICCUP — April 2023
I came. I emailed. I waited, and waited - but no answer. What's gong on? In short, an IT struck the site's email page, convincing senders that their emails had been sent, yet the message failed to reach my inbox. After 3 weeks of silence I'd suspected a snag and the problem has now been repaired. 

Apologies if you'd been trying to drop a line during April/May. The issue has now been resolved and please feel free to resend your original message. Cheers - DA


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