Solve your cryptic woes

Solve your cryptic woes

You’re in Canberra. You’re flummoxed by cryptic crosswords. Even just glancing at one makes you feel stupid. Life is miserable. But wait — help is at hand! I am running a fun, light-hearted 3–hour class on the mysteries of cryptic crosswords later on this month — it’s perfect for beginners. Venue: Weston Creek Community Centre, Meeting Room 2 Date: Saturday […]

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 […]

40 silly definitions

40 silly definitions

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the very silly definitions from my friend Troy Simpson’s book, The Funny Dictionary. These definitions have come from student essays, which Troy heroically trawled through. I did these few illustrations for the book. A la carte: When you can have all the desserts that’s […]

Dissecting Gemini 7380

Dissecting Gemini 7380

This is a ‘full reveal’ for the clues from Gemini 7380 (as numbered by The Canberra Times). Published last Thursday, 18 June 2015. For those of you new to the cryptics from the Canberra Times, although they list the ‘English Cryptic Crossword’ along with the ‘Gemini Cryptic Crossword’, both cryptics are British. The Canberra Times […]