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 also composes such diversions as Wordwit and Omega for Fairfax. While on telly you can catch his regular word spots on News Breakfast, looking at Hinglish, Trumpish or whatevs. And on radio, David is a frequent fill-in host with ABC Radio Melbourne, plus his biweekly Word Magic with Nicole Chvastek on ABC Drive Victoria, unlocking language and more.

According to Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, David is ‘the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords’.