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Crosswords – 7 Facts You Didn’t Have a Cryptic Clue About

From simple black and white word exercises to the most masterful, multi-layered of cryptic constructs, crosswords entertain, educate, comfort, and compel. Here are seven things you might not have known about this recent centenarian of the puzzle world. 1. Crosswords initially appeared in… Read More
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21 Cycling Words to Set You Up For the Tour de France

Running from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2014, the 101st Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,664 kilometres. This annual bicycle race was first organized in 1903, and has run every year except for… Read More
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Words You Need to Follow Tennis Like a Pro

Most of us know our racquet from our ball, our backhand from our forehand, and perhaps even our aces from our deuces. But what else will you need to know if you’re to follow the tennis and understand who’s the hot dog and who’s just… Read More
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Word-lover interview: Bruce Holsinger, author and scholar

We’ve been speaking to Bruce Holsinger, who as well as being a successful novelist, is also Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on medieval and modern literature. You can read more about Bruce and his work at as well as… Read More