David Astle: Confessions of a Wordaholic

David Astle: Confessions of a Wordaholic

Crossword puzzlers know him as DA, but setter David Astle has had a lifelong fascination with words. In conversation with Michael Williams, Astle talks about his love of words that has drawn him into creating puzzles and penning a memoir that doubles as a how-to-solve a cryptic. But he won’t give you a clue for 14-down.


Portrait of David Astle

David Astle

David Astle is a full-time word nerd. You may know his loud shirts from SBS’s Letters and Numbers. Or his black-and-white boxes in Friday’s Age. He’s also the author of Wordburger (How to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites), plus Riddledom, Puzzled and Cluetopia. His favourite word is ‘acrobat’.

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