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The words desert and dessert look similar, but they are very different in meaning.
Now and again, one of our crossword clues seems to hit a nerve with our puzzlers and we get a sack of mail (or a deluge of emails) claiming that a gremlin has been found. Sometimes we have made an error and we are happy to award gremlins [more…]
I recently received a query about a clue from a general knowledge puzzle in our Colossus magazine that went: ‘seedy fruit believed by some to be Eve’s Garden of Eden fruit.’ The answer is not apple, as many might think, but pomegranate, although some also feel it may have been a fig.
But it made me realise that the poor old apple [more…]
What a surprise. £50 for Big Demon 257. Like so many others this arrived at just the right time. We have two family weddings coming up and this will go towards a new outfit for one of them. Like most men my husband thinks one outfit should do. Definitely not. I so enjoy your puzzles and now that I am well [more…]
Were you taken in by any April Fool’s Day pranks today?
There were certainly a few being dished out around our office this morning, which got us thinking about the origins of this most mischievous of days.
According to most sources, the modern embodiment of April Fool’s Day derives from an ancient Tongan religious festival called Hilaria (meaning ‘hilarious’) which celebrated the [more…]