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Rewording the Brain, Astle,  David
Rewording the Brain
David Astle

Paperback $29.99 - Allen & Unwin
Science - Published: 26/Sep/2018 - ISBN: 9781760295486

Master wordsmith and crossword king David Astle scientifically proves how cryptic crosswords can ward off dementia. The power of Sudoku to improve brain power and keep Alzheimer's and dementia at bay has recently been discredited by science. Sudoku is effective while you are learning it, but its efficacy dilutes once a player knows what they are doing.

Why? The answer lies in the art of seeking the semantic, a discipline calling for logic, interpretation, intuition, deduction as well as the ability to filter nuance and connotation. All these and more are bundled in the symmetrical simplicity of a cryptic crossword. All of these are invaluable in increasing your brain power and keeping age-related conditions at bay.

David Astle's crosswords appear with fiendish regularity in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He's become the scourge of cryptic crossword afficionados across Australia and has built up a fanatical following over the years. His latest book is for people curious about cryptic crosswords but it will also focus heavily on the brain-benefits of cryptic crosswords and be a crucial aid in helping people help themselves.

A blend of information about how to increase your brain power through cryptics and lashings of cryptic brain-food, this is a handbook for the health-minded and those who've always been curious about learning how to do cryptics but never knew where to begin.

With this latest information from the scientific world, there has never been a better time to start learning - and who better to guide newbies across this impenetrable puzzlescape than the legendary DA? As crossword maker in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, as well as Wordplay columnist with Spectrum, David Astle is a full-time word nerd. He's the author of Wordburger - a quick-snack guide to cryptic crosswords for kids or rookies in general, as well as the time-travelling mind-trip called Riddledom. His other wordy hits include Cluetopia, plus the ultimate manual-cum-memoir, Puzzled. To complete the set are the two pocketbooks: Puzzles & Words - and Puzzles & Words 2. David has a regular column Wordwit in the Saturday SMH, Age and Canberra Times and has a weekly slot on Radio National's Sunday Extra with Jonathan Green.

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