Tag: wordplay

A statue of Napoleon, who features in the famous palindrome "Able was I ere I saw Elba". Learn how to make palindromes!

How to make palindromes

26 February marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s banishment to the isle of Elba in 1814 provides the historical pretext for one of the best known palindromes in the English language, Able was I ere I saw Elba. With that gem in mind, let’s have a look at what goes into making a great palindromic sentence! Recently, we […]

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Clues, code-breaking, and cruciverbalists: the language of crosswords

The recent release of The Imitation Game has revealed the important role crosswords played in the recruitment of code-breakers at Bletchley Park. In response to complaints that its crosswords were too easy, The Daily Telegraph organised a contest in which entrants attempted to solve a puzzle in less than 12 minutes. Successful competitors subsequently found […]

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March Madness: we have a winner!

This competition is now closed. With only five votes separating victory from grim defeat, the sport expression that has claimed the championship title in the Oxford Dictionaries Bracket Challenge is: butterfingers. The champ Who would have guessed that clumsiness would be a winning trait in a sports competition? This slightly ironic turn of events might […]

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