Saturday, 30 May 2015

The previous solution!

A Life In Comics
On opening our doors there was a steady stream of  people wanting to sell as well as buy notably i think because Space Age had pretty much stopped buying by this stage.

A) Bag
B) Egg
C) Nebulous
D) task
E) Lags
F) Ego
G) You’re the one that I want
H) Apple
I) Lowboy
J) It had to be you
K) French Powder Mystery
M) Is
N) Nebula
O) Clandestine
Q) Map
S) City and the Stars
T) Sap

First letters read: (Phillip) Bentley, A Life In Comics.

Monday, 25 May 2015

A comparatively short crostic puzzle.

I was trying to make a comparatively short crostic for the Melbourne Science Fiction Club, to fit on one page of the magazine, but this wasn't quite it. But it will do here!
Once again, try to answer four to six of the clues, and this may give you enough answers  to get it all out. I don't think this is too hard, but what do I know?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The solutions for the recent puzzle:

For  weeks she had been imagining earth spinning in a blur, its billions of people playing out the dramas of their lives while the crew of the Columbia pushed themselves beyond the normal boundaries of spacetime.

A) Demolish
B) Abbey
C) Vulcan
D) In pursuit of the Green Lion
E) Diesel
F) mew
G) A whim
H) Captain Brassbounds Conversion
I) Kenilworth
J) Glyph
K) Ohm
L) Dissemble
M) stale, flat and unprofitable
N) Ohio
O) Fie
P) Nee
Q) I foresee
R) Gems
S) Hip high
T) The Poetaster.

And the first letters, as usual, read: David Mack, Gods of Night

This book is really good, but is part of a trilogy, which means one long story, so you have to get all three books, or one big one of about 800 pages.

Ok, another puzzle next week!

Monday, 18 May 2015

May 19th 2015 - yet another crostic!

This is from, once again, a Star Trek novel, one I really liked, although it was far over the top!
I have cheated slightly, but letter 63 is there twice in the same clue!
Clue I) is the name of a street near me, but that is probably not a useful clue. The suburb I live in, and a lot of its streets, are named after Sir Walter Scott's novels. Somebody must have liked them!

Remember, answer a few clues, and  transfer the letters to the diagram. Then guess more letters, and transfer them back the other way. Supposedly getting four answers is enough to get out the whole puzzle. The internet is your friend!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Solutions for the current crostic puzzle:

A) dashboard
B) alarm
C) Vengeance in Death
D) If
E) Door
F) Major
G) Arm
H) Cho
I) Knight and the Rose
J) Moor
K) Entropy Effect
L) Robert Silverberg
N) Marsh
O)  Off
P) Rho
Q) Than
R) A
S) Loaf
T) Superhuman

The first letters read:  David Mack, Mere Mortals.

And the solution was: A morbid pang of fear nagged at her from the dark corners of her memory and she plumbed earth’s archives for information about her lost love, Jonathan Archer.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Latest puzzle!

These should be a bit easy this week, but who knows?

Sunday, 10 May 2015

May tenth - a solution

Minor concern! I got so enthusiastic about making up new crostics that I had great trouble finding what I had done with the solution to the last one!
But here it is:

B) alkaloid
C) null
E) edit
F) The cube root of uncertainty
G) Thy crown does sear mine eyeballs
H) few did
I) owl
J) rid
K) Stranger in a strange land
L) outwit
M( Gate of worlds
N) rift
O) elk
P) awful
Q) Time is the simplest thing
R) awl
S) Moonferns and starsongs
T) Illustrated Man
U) Supernatural thrillers
W) end with
X) East
Y) dad

The first letters read:
Hannett, For so great a misdeed

A new one in a day or two!

Monday, 4 May 2015

May 5th 2015

This selection is from an anthology, Cranky Ladies of History, edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and  Tehani Wessely. They have a website at

Solution in a week or so....

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Once again, here are the solutions, and the title. You should not need the actual passage. Although feel free to complain to if you want me to type it.

A) hostility
B) Andromeda Spaceways
C) Resistible
D) Revel
E) Yellow
F) Hammiest
G) ethos
H) aft
I) The Emperor's new cloak
J) Hit him
K) Chronicles of the Canongate
L) Othello the Moor of Venice
M) The Thaw
N) Eh
O) omit it
P) Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers
Q) Gait
R) A twit
S) Nib
T) Galah
U) Ovit
V) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
W) Lamb

The first letters of which reveal: Harry Heathcote of Gangoil