Word for Word #24 Crosswords and cryptographs

Dec 02, 2018
Image of pencil shavings and text: 24 Crosswords and cryptographs

Can a cryptic crossword really preserve your memory and super-charge your brain? Australia's favourite cruciverbalist, David "Don't Attempt" Astle, investigates. Meanwhile, the Macquarie team decrypts linguistic mysteries, ciphers and puzzles, and the conversation takes them from Ancient Egypt to your local butcher's shop.

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Additional links

Read more on the topics and people featured in this week's episode:

A Cipher from Poe Solved at Last

Macquarie Dictionary crossword resources

The DA Trippers website

Words and definitions

Macquarie Dictionary definitions from this episode:



cryptogram / cryptograph





Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.

Many thanks to David Astle. You can visit his website, follow him on Twitter or read more about his latest book Rewording the Brain.

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Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If.

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