Puzzles and Words

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Allen & Unwin, Dec 1, 2012 - Games - 180 pages
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Puzzles and Words is a medley of puzzles and surprising word stories in one pocket-sized volume from Australia's best-known wordsmith, David Astle.

There are over 170 original brain teasers from anagrams to word pyramids to keep all levels and ages challenged and amused. Accompanying these are some 200 of David's entertaining word stories that unlock the secrets and origins of everything from what a charnie is, to where Google's name came from and how Spanish roosters crow.

Puzzles and Words is sure to keep every brain tickled for hours.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Rise and fall
2
Current gossip
4
Turn turn turn
6
Stripteaser
8
Elementary school
10
Positively not
12
Ease the squeeze
14
Bone up
84
Where was I?
86
Idiom ahoy
88
Family secrets
90
Kiwiology
92
Meeting of minds
94
Spiderwoman
96
Google agogo
98

Allstar cast
16
Daily grind
18
Back of beyond
20
Animated speech
22
Bugalugs
24
Just not right
26
Queue spotlight
28
Japanese boxes
30
Regional religion
32
Nature calls
34
Words and music
36
Zeal the deal
38
Exotic locals
40
Verbal stretch
42
Bunch of five
44
Freshly baked
46
Hard luck
48
Hooray for Hobson
50
Gram designs
52
Scams and schemes
54
Dinky sitcom
56
Master keys
58
Centre of attention
60
Snap decisions
62
Pick your own
64
Musical mouthful
66
Inside across and down
68
Out of shape
70
Showtalk
72
How the other half lives
74
Choochoo news
76
Gumption
78
Neologs
80
Uncommon code
82
Vice verse
100
Nomadic N
102
Babes in army
104
Takeaway message
106
Chequered past
108
Havent we met?
110
Jack Russell w Fifi
112
Mountweazel words
114
Now you see it
116
Landscape pitcher
118
Offbeat audio
120
High life
122
Vulgar mob
124
Segar box
126
Uncooperative
128
Boganville
130
Three sisters
132
En garde
134
They robots
136
Gettogether
138
Yours initially
140
Handy to know
142
Mr Fabulous
144
Trench language
146
Backstreet boy
148
Bigger phish to phry
150
Board meeting
152
Hazy definitions
154
Holus bolus
156
Outbox office
158
Spreadsheet
160
Solutions
162
Back cover
175
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About the author (2012)

As the Dictionary Guy on SBS's Letters and Numbers, and DA in the world of crosswords, David Astle is a full-time word nerd. His mania shines in his weekly Wordplay column in The Sydney Morning Herald, and in his cultish blog at www.davidastle.com. His latest book, Puzzled: Secrets and Clues from a Life Lost in Words, is a combination of memoir and clue-cracking manual.

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