Learn to crack the cryptic code!

Learn to crack the cryptic code!

If cryptics have always bamboozled you, now you’re chance to learn to crack the cryptic code. I’m running a class this Saturday, at the Weston Creek Community Centre, from 1–4 pm. All the details are here, on Eventbrite. All participants get a free, signed copy of my Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies book. Afternoon tea […]

Yet another chopped up Gemini

Yet another chopped up Gemini

Here is the dissection of the Gemini 7429, as published in the Canberra Times on Thursday 6 August. As usual, the definition is underlined, except in double or cryptic definition clues. ACROSS 1. Present-day churchman has to manage (10) = ADMINISTER Charade clue. Present-day = AD (anno domine) + churchman = MINISTER 8. Artist who […]

Catch up to your grandma

Catch up to your grandma

You’re flummoxed by cryptic crosswords. Even just glancing at one makes you feel stupid. Your grandparents run circles around you, solving the weekend cryptic insanely fast. How do they even … ?! Your parents look at you askance. Life is miserable. The solution? My fun, light-hearted 3–hour class on the mysteries of cryptic crosswords — perfect for beginners. […]

The 25 Worst Spelling Words

The 25 Worst Spelling Words

Oh, English. Why you so crazy? Well, largely because a lot of English isn’t English. A lot of it has been nicked from pretty much any other language it comes across. There are no standard spelling rules. And some words come from people’s names (eponyms) — for example, diesel is from Rudolf Diesel, who invented the diesel engine. What chance have […]

Dissecting Gemini 7415

Dissecting Gemini 7415

This is my dissection of the Gemini Cryptic that appeared yesterday, in the Thursday 23 July 2015 edition of The Canberra Times. As ever, clue definitions are underlined, apart from in cryptic definition clues (where there isn’t a clear definition), and double definition clues (where the whole clue is definitions). ACROSS 1. He has a job to discover the facts (10) […]

CrypticGuide updated

CrypticGuide updated

Our unique cryptic crossword helper app, CrypticGuide, has just been updated — this new release has taken us a year of work. We’ve done heaps of stuff under the hood, and added hundreds of new entries to the cryptic database. Here’s what you can enjoy with this new version: We’ve updated the interface for iOS 7.1 […]