Gemini 7415

Gemini 7415

This is my dissection of the Gemini Cryptic that appeared yesterday, in the Thursday 23 July 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 […]

Silly definitions A–M

Silly definitions A–M

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 […]

Gemini 7380

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 […]

Tips for cryptic solvers

Tips for cryptic solvers

All too often it just seems impossible to find a way into a cryptic crossword. To help you make a start, and maybe even solve it all, here are my …  Top Ten Eleven Tips for Solvers Use a pencil and eraser, rather than pen. Read through all the clues before trying to solve any. You don’t […]

1 Across Beanie

1 Across Beanie

The IPEd/ANZSI write | edit | index conference is over, and was a huge hit. Our keynote speakers were fabulous (Jackie French, David Astle and Roly Sussex). The sessions went off without a hitch, the food was great. Only glitch was QT Canberra’s WiFi dropping out for most of the second day, and that was no […]