Rewording the Brain

Rewording the Brain 1

How Cryptic Crosswords Can Improve Your Memory and Boost the Power and Agility of Your Brain

by David Astle

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 26/09/2018

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Recent studies have shown that puzzle-solving and wordplay are among the most effective ways to boost the power and agility of your brain. A cryptic crossword a day can help keep memory loss at bay.

Why? The answer lies in the art of teasing out a clue, a discipline that calls for logic, interpretation, intuition and deduction as well as the ability to filter nuance and connotation. All these challenges and more are found in the cryptic crossword. And all are invaluable in increasing your brainpower and improving your memory and cognitive capacity.

In this entertaining and essential book, cryptic crossword guru David Astle explains how your brain responds to and benefits from attempting these crosswords. A growing body of research suggests cryptic crosswords are the ideal workout for your brain, and Astle shows how regular training of this kind can be fun as well as fundamental.

If you've always been intimidated by cryptic crosswords, fear not! Rewording the Brain is an accessible guide to developing and sharpening your puzzle talents. Novices and expert solvers alike will gain plenty of cryptic insights. There has never been a better time to start solving, nor a better teacher than the legendary DA.

Also included are 50 cryptic crosswords hand-picked to keep your brain abuzz, ranging from beginner-friendly to fiendishly complicated!
ISBN:
9781760295486
9781760295486
Category:
Crosswords
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
26-09-2018
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
328
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
David Astle

David Astle has written two novels, plus five non-fiction works: Cluetopia, Puzzled, One Down, One Missing, Offbeat Australia and Riddledom.

Between books, he drives the world to delight and despair as Friday's crossword setter, DA, appearing in both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Actor Geoffrey Rush, in fact, describes David as 'the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords a complete mind fuck'.

Which is possibly a compliment. David was the former dictionary bloke on SBS's Letters and Numbers, while his feature stories have tackled luck, lying, drowning and fridge magnets, to name a few topics.

His short stories have won several awards, including a trip to Beijing via Dublin as part of the James Joyce Suspended Sentence Prize in 2001.

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  • Learn cryptic crosswords

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    For many of us it's just baffling but we all know the person who loves the cryptic crossword but how do you get in that mindset? As heard about on 3AW, this book arms you with the mental framework to take on cryptic crosswords and keep your brain fresh for years to come.