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Secrets and Clues from a Life Lost in Words

David Astle



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Allen & Unwin
02 January 2014
ABBEY'S CHOICE JANUARY 2014 ----- Many a puzzle solver has battled against the devilish mind of long-time crossword maker and wordaholic David Astle, known to many as DA.

In Puzzled he holds out a helping hand to the lost and perplexed, taking us on a personal tour into the secret life of words. Clue by clue, chapter by chapter, we step through a central puzzle, uncovering and unravelling word-secrets as we go.

The Steve Irwin Fluke, the Swastika Accident, the Abracadabra Pyramid - hidden meanings, anagrams, reversals - all the Dark Arts are finally revealed. More than a how-to manual, more than a memoir, Puzzled enlightens us about cryptics and delights in the quirky realm of wordplay. It is a book for word junkies everywhere.

Puzzled: Secrets and Clues from a Life Lost in Words by David Astle at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   514g
ISBN:   9781743314296
ISBN 10:   1743314299
Pages:   420
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Astle has written two novels, Marzipan Plan and Book of Miles, plus two non-fiction works: One Down, One Missing and Offbeat Australia. Between books, he drives the world to delight and despair as Friday's crossword setter, DA, appearing in both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Reviews for Puzzled: Secrets and Clues from a Life Lost in Words

'I used to regret not being born Catholic because it meant I'd been denied the joys of self-flagellation. Then I discovered DA and he solved my problem.' - Bill Leak, cartoonist, and anagram of Killable. 'He's the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords. A complete mindf**k.' - Geoffrey Rush, actor, and anagram of Gruffy Heroes.

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