The king of cryptic crossword brings his brain games to Mildura

Published on 10 February 2015

Do you love a good cryptic crossword or a brain teaser?  Perhaps you’ve been known to tear up the paper in frustration while sweating over the answer to a particularly curly question?

David Astle, the man behind many of the riddles that may have made your brain hurt, is coming to the Mildura Library on Wednesday 25 February.  The accomplished author, television personality and puzzle creator, will present a free session about what it takes to come up with cryptic crosswords.

Arts and Culture portfolio Councillor Jill Joslyn said this is set to be a fun evening, with David planning to put guests through their paces with some brain games and quizzes aimed to really make you think.

“Many of you may recognise David from the SBS program Letters and Numbers and his puzzles often stump ABC radio listeners,” Cr Joslyn said.  “Regular readers of The Age and The Sydney Morning Hearld will be familiar with his tricky cryptic crosswords.

“It’s great to have him visit us and it’s definitely going to be an evening of laughs, with some great puzzles thrown in for good measure.”

Mildura library borrowers are avid puzzle fans, with books from the library’s collection in high demand.  David’s own books including Cluetopia and are some of the most popular with local puzzlers.

Tickets to hear David are available now from the Mildura Library or online at

When:  7:30pm, Wednesday 25 February 2015

Where: Mildura Library, Alfred Deakin Centre, Deakin Avenue Mildura


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