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Solving the Puzzling DA
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Geoffrey Rush called him “the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords” but crossword maker David Astle dances with words daily. If you ever wondered how Saturday’s cryptic is created then this is the insight into the mind and madness of the country’s toughest setter better known by his initials DA. Some say it stands for “Don’t Attempt” and as a setter…
Mary Norris and Jane Caro: Why does ‘i’ come before ‘e’, except after ‘c’?
On Typewriters & Translation
Melbourne is playing host to two literary festivals with a difference over the next few days. The Sticky Institute’s I am Typewriter festival will be “investigating the love affair between zine and machine” until February 13 - and who doesn’t love the click and zing of a typewriter? It’s the surest way to beat writer’s block. The festival will culminate with the centrepiece event…
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