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David Astle: Wordburger


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David Astle is a full-time word-nerd and riddle-wizard. A crossword compiler for the Age, a regular on RN’s Sunday Extra and the author of several books on words and puzzles, Astle is an anagram-scrambling, homophone-switching, spoonerism-generating machine.

 At this event for kids, David will whip up a storm of riddles, puzzles, quizzes and lateral-thinking games, all designed to start young minds whirring. He may even share some cryptic crossword-compiling tips, tricks and traps for young players.

Join David for a fun and challenging session that promises to get kids thinking, talking and laughing about language. Suitable for ages 8–13.




David Astle

Alias DA on Friday’s puzzle page in the Age, David Astle is a lifelong wordsmith, writer, columnist and ABC broadcaster. His latest book – Rewording The Brain – explores the neural benefits of crosswords. You can catch him on Evenings most weeknights, or flapping a dictionary on SB... Read more


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