I do love Lovatts puzzles,
They keep me on my toes,
Word puzzles, number puzzles,
Anything that goes.
When first I started puzzling
It was to have some fun,
My only real ambition
To solve each and every one.
I started entering contests
And to my great surprise
I found upon my doorstep
A little booklight prize.
Then followed in succession
A voucher and a cheque,
And a lovely kitchen pack;
A DIY winner’s pen
And to complete the set,
The pride of my collection,
A gremlin spotter’s magnet.
I do love doing puzzles
And I really have to say,
Thank you so much Lovatts
For brightening up my day.
Judith Ann Hall
Another prize from Lovatts has come our way!
The first prize last year was out of the blue,
The prize this year is just tickety-boo!
The compilers of puzzles are both clever and wise,
With so many prizes we just can’t believe our eyes!
We haven’t written this poem to brag or to boast,
Just to say we realise that we’re luckier than most!
Mr Mike & Mrs Christine Selvage
dictionaries, reference books, and my Oxford little gem,
white out, pencils, rubbers too, all to help my aim,
to finish both The Stinker and The Demon once again.
Love your crosswords.
Gorgeous I’d call you
Ever a memory
Naïve as the sun
Shy with affection
Cos youth is too lame
Always I’ll love you
None other can tame
Ere I adore your sweet name
Two way teaser, it’s so easy
Recipe of the month - easy peasy
I love your puzzles and try to win
So you just throw them in the bin
However, I keep on trying - lots of sighing
Peering at Dictionaries hour after hour
Agonising over Goliathon right now
Remembering words I’ve seen before
Noting them down for ever more
Elevenses no trouble for me
Lefties? They’re for others, I see
Lovatts we love you collectively
Loves Cryptics and Stinkers, sometimes
Yells in frustration, but
Never gives up and
Notes all unusual
Expressions and words
Avoids using white-out and
Tries to be neat. She
Keeps her own Dictionary
In a cramped little
Notebook that must have a
Second volume soon.
Trying, Trying, Trying
Peruse very carefully
Every single clue
Track every lead
Establish your game plan
Reach a conclusion and you might win!
Begin at the top
Until you can start
Track every lead
Choose very carefully
Handle with care
Every single clue
Reach a conclusion and you might win!
Sunshine on each day
Hope becomes reality
In everything one does
Reach for the stars
Love can be spread
Everywhere to enjoy
Yes! Sunshine on each day
Brighten everyone’s lives
Outshine any darkness
Twinkle like the stars
Happiness and health to all.
Bourke NSW 2840
To do or not to do
Only you decide
Longing for a clue
Each puzzle ‘gets you in’
Right to the very end
And another puzzle is solved
That is a wonderful feeling
Everybody should try them
Subscribe and enjoy till the next time.
Mrs J Leske
Tea Tree Gully, SA
Can I ever work ‘it’ out?
Remember all I’ve learnt?
Oh, I’ll fossick through my dictionary
Some things I’ve never heard
Sometimes they flash so clearly
With joy into my mind
Or if it’s politics and history —
Really so unkind
‘Demons’ are for devils, at least that’s what I find!!
So today I’ll concentrate on BIG - the best way to unwind!
Makes errors in the Stinker
Cannot solve Sudokus
Has trouble with Cryptics
Avid puzzle solver
Enters all Lovatts competitions
I’d love to solve the Wordygig
Many a time I’ve tried
Poring over Dictionaries
Only to be denied
Searching for Enlightenment
Seeking the elusive words
I think I’m getting somewhere
But then could they be nouns or verbs?
I hate to be a quitter
Loath to leave that empty space
I read Wordygiggs off the prize list
That means I can now save face
Hard to put down because
Every puzzle is a challenge
Answers can be elusive, but
The thrill of the chase is addictive
Help is always at hand
Everyone is a winner if they
Reach their goal of completion
Brighten up your day
Arouse your curisotty
Rack your brains
Never be bored
Advance your knowledge
Relax and enjoy
Do Lovatts puzzles
Multiple tasks – for a Gemini; it’s a breeze
Autumn has gone; winter’s in with many a sneeze
Ready to write, crossword, or read
Going out and about, lunching with mates
Avoiding work – one of my hates!
Right now: there’s nothing I need …
Easy to see, Retirement’s easy to take -
Then – only decisions are a choice to make!
BIG mags they are the best
One arrives every month, to test
Oh be quick I cannot rest
Sometimes I figure I’ll go nuts
The puzzles often very tough
Yet the enjoyment that they bring
Often makes me laugh and sing
Up or down, I don’t know!
Right or left, just have a go!
Where do I begin? Right here!
Out comes the hair, oh dear!
Roots are everywhere, I fear
Doesn’t mean I’m bald, I’m not
Perhaps just getting old, so what!
Over the moon, I won something
When the prizes come, ka-ching!
Even if I get it wrong,
Rather keep my wordpower strong
Another Lovatts bought with anticipation
Daunting Demons cause a heart palpitation
Double Take fun, the DIY and Do Your Block
I’m challenged by BIG 1 to Beat the Clock
Cryptics in all forms are my special love
Teasing my brain, it’s like manna from above
I seem to forget to wash, clean and cook
Oh how I enjoy my Lovatts crossword book
Nothing on earth is as satisfying
Solving these puzzles is most gratifying.
Alexander Heights, WA
Creative and challenging right from the start
Ruthless, the Demon, near breaks my heart
Often the answers so hard to find
Searching great tomes I almost go blind
Sometimes I want to give up in despair
Words never heard before appear from nowhere
Outlandish, long forgotten from days of my youth
Return miraculously and that is the truth
Dedicated addicts, we’ll never refrain
So bring on the Lovatts again and again
Lovely time just to myself,
Either read, or clean the shelf.
In the morning I’ll do that,
So just now I’ll ring and chat.
Urgency does not exist,
Really it’s not on my list.
Extra time to dream and laze,
Time to play and time to gaze.
I might e-mail to my friend,
Maybe, I’ve got time to spend.
Even watch the news on Prime,
So, why not! I’ve got the time.
Once you’ve had a cuppa
Urging brain cells to
Reach an upper
Stimulating that grey matter
Left in a scatter
Finally, “I have it”, brain no longer in a tatter
‘”Two Hoots” Corangula NSW
Lovatts puzzles are a must
You oil my brain and clear the rust
Not only do you stimulate
Daily you invigorate
Sayonara, is that goodbye?
Adios is worth a try
You may even say bye bye
Cryptics are a cunning lot
Open your mind, stop the rot
Perhaps my thinking is not right
Easy when you see the light
Many hours I spend with you
Astonished by your clever crew
Now I bid you fond adieu.
Under the beautiful
Travelling north, south, east and west
Roads leading to
Amazing places with
Landscapes both rugged and serene
Idyllic lifestyle, touring
Australia, our land
G R Siviour
Many who enter
Along the way a
Time to a lucky M.A.R.G.A.R.E.T.
Been a Lovatts fan for years
Eating pencil and tearing hair, just to
Verify hidden words and clues
Every answer brings a cheer and
Really makes my day
Learn Cryptics? No way! But
Even they make sene today, so
Yes! Yes! Yes! Lovatts books for me
Seacombe Gardens, SA
Always a challenge
Wizwords is fun
Brain not working
Oh for a computer
Where’s the Dictionary?
Recipe of the month
At last – all finished
Now for a cuppa!
Puzzles and posers
Trying our cryptic
Calling the kids. The
As I fill out the grids
Wandin North, Vic
Scottish ancestry – thus my name
Crossword addict – Lovatts to blame?
Occupation teacher – and also housewife
Travelling’s been my passion – all my life
Interests are reading – and tennis, too
Aussie am I – true blue!
Makes time for puzzling
Acquires knowledge with Stinker
Rarely fails to finish crosswords
Loves anything that requires logic
Ever keen to win a prize
Never gets bored with life
Every day is a new challenge
Centenary Heights, Qld
Doing Lovatts Crosswords
Often for half the night
Reaching for the reference books
Over-taxing my ageing sight
Then, fan me with a feather
Here is the word I require
Yippee - it’s finished - now I can retire!
That keep dementia at bay,
Whenever the postman brings one
It simply makes our day!
We do them for the challenge
Never expecting to win a prize,
But the $50 voucher from FindaWord
Was a lovely surprise!
So keep those puzzles coming
The Starhunts , Colossus and BIG,
Particularly the Demon,
Which makes us dig and dig and dig!
Mr Mike and Chris Selvage
I have received a similar version of this with an extra part, which, as a Maths teacher, I really liked.
It says that if A=1%, B=2%, etc., then HARD WORK = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11=98% and KNOWLEDGE=11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5=96% but ATTITUDE=1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5=100%.
Therefore, HARD WORK and KNOWLEDGE will take you a long way, but ATTITUDE will get you all the way to the end.
The Stinker’s demonic.
Our searches are deeper,
We need a MNEMONIC.
El Camino’s trail REAL
We found was quite royal.
We love being baffled.
To Lovatts we’re loyal!
If your sand sea’s an ERG,
Then you’re in the SAHARA.
If your tree seeds are wingèd,
It’s M for SAMARA.
FIACRE? A French word
For an old-fashioned coach.
Don’t GYBE in your yacht
If you don’t want to BROACH.
The SYRINX’s a word
For the pipes of God Pan.
An ENDOMORPH chap
Is a round-bodied man.
We thank you, Christine
For so working our brain.
Please Baffle us bafflier,
Again and again!
Normal for this time of year,
When I need a ‘cheerer-uppa’,
My first instinct is to make a ‘cuppa’,
So to win a Bodum mug and teapot,
Which keep my beverage piping hot,
Is a definite plus – they look good too,
And when I settle down to do,
A Lovatts puzzle – or maybe two,
I have the perfect combination,
Contentment is a great sensation.
I have been doing your puzzles for years – always a challenge. BIG is my favourite, because of the diversity the puzzles present. This is the first time I’ve won a prize but I’ll keep trying.
Maths can be scary!
Then, believing “if you don’t try,
you don’t know”,
I gave Calkuro a go.
Calkuro, does my brain tease -
But now for it
my braincells shout “More please!”.
Mrs Maree Thorpe
This true story took place almost 35 years ago in my 3rd year of high-school, so I was about 14 at the time.
On rainy days the school often invoked a ‘wet weather timetable’. During a shortened lunch-period students could, rather than being sent outside into the elements, engage in (supposedly!) quiet socialising or private study in designated class-rooms.
On one such occasion two of my colleagues decided to attack the crossword in the daily newspaper. A couple of clues eluded them. Peter was quite a wordsmith back then, so the clues must have been fairly tough. I don’t recall the actual clues, so let’s say for the purposes of this story that one of the missing answers was ‘gamin’.
Mandy was helping by trolling through the standard school-issue dictionary - no computers or Internet in those days - looking for potential words that fitted the letter combinations on hand. I should note that Mandy’s willowy blonde looks belied her beautiful sweet and naive nature!
After a little while Mandy triumphantly exclaimed, “I’ve found it…….SEMEN!!” “Oh for God’s sake, Mandy”, hissed the more worldly Peter exasperatedly, “read the definition!”
Although it took some time for Mandy to get over her embarrassment, it has obviously had no long-term effect on her. Some years later I was proud to be the best man at her wedding…..to my mate Steve, not Peter!!
Ringwood North, Vic