Inside The Mind Of Australia’s Most Prolific Cryptic Crossword Writer

By Luke Hopewell

So does Astle have any advice for beating a notorious DA crossword? “My favourite type of clue is an ‘And Lit’.

When readers try solving the puzzles, however, it’s anything but a smooth ride for the brain. “You find after the first look around that you’ve got one or no clues at all.

He goes by the alias “DA” in the paper every morning, and says that the hallmark of one of his puzzles is that it “looks relatively lenient” upon first inspection.

David Astle has spent years designing cryptic crosswords for readers of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age to mentally wrestle with.

Read more here: Gizmodo


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