A chicken farmer has figured out that a hen and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half.
A chicken farmer also has some cows for a total of 30 animals, and the animals have 74 legs in all. Fiji (in Melanesia) and American Samoa (in Polynesia) are two islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
When will you arrive in Fiji if you leave American Samoa on a small airplane on Tuesday night at 11:30 PM?
The Bermuda Triangle is a place in the Atlantic Ocean where ships and airplanes supposedly disappear without a trace. In the picture below, a square appears when we rearrange the pieces of the upper triangle to form the lower triangle.
At an eBay auction, a woman's ring and a filigree jewelry box with a hand-painted ceramic top are on sale for $200.00 Dollars. You have been promoted to pet detective while Ace Ventura guides some tourists on a safari. From the following clues, you must figure out who is the owner of each pet, and where the pet got lost. An electrician has two two-way switches (single-pole, double-throw), a light bulb, and a power source. How should he connect the terminals so that either switch can be used to turn the light on or off? Hydrochloric acid is a corrosive, fuming, poisonous, highly acidic solution of hydrogen chloride (HCl). There are twelve identical-looking balls, but one is either heavier or lighter than the other eleven. You have to measure exactly 4 liters of water, but you only have a 3-liter bottle and a 5-liter bottle.
An alert consumer noticed that both of these labels for identical food products have errors. You probably have heard of acronyms, superlatives, and pleonasms, but can you recognize one? The illustrations have been heat transfered onto thick good quality wood to ensure they can stand up to constant rough play  Each pieces has a unique shape meaning only the correct piece will fit with its pair. Children love the feeling of accomplishment as they narrow down the 15 puzzle options to complete the set.
Lovatts Crosswords and Puzzles is a family owned and operated business established in 1978 by James and Christine Lovatt. So, how exactly did this sixty-something sensation and former nurse Christine Lovatt make all of this happen? Our other son Dominic lives in Sydney with his fiancee, with a wedding coming up soon, more excitement!
Mindfulness is also being hailed as another ‘must have’ as a way to keep our brains healthy in this increasingly frantic world. In those pre-computer days, we drew up the black and white grid with a felt tip pen, and looked through my well-thumbed old dictionary to find words to fit. Finally I made a page-sized diamond-shaped crossword, stained with blood, sweat and tears which was accepted by the magazine and we called it the Colossus. Our magazines are varied – some contain a mix of crosswords, and puzzles, and others are dedicated to specific types of puzzles. We also have puzzles you can play on a wide range of devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Lovatts has been publishing crosswords and puzzle magazines for over 30 years and I suspect the secret behind our success is that our puzzlers have come to know and expect that every puzzle is created according to Lovatts’ values of consistency, solvability, challenge, and entertainment.


Just recently, we launched our new Handy Acrostics magazine in response to so many requests for a magazine dedicated to this popular puzzle.
Most of our original puzzles, created by James and myself, have proved popular so we still feature them – really big crosswords like the Colossus crossword, and the BIG crossword. As far as the future goes - if only we could use a crystal ball to tell the future of puzzles, we would have been the first to develop the Sudoku. Did you know older Australian’s are part of a growing movement who are using technology to enhance their lives?
The company has stood the test of time to become a household name and is a genuine Australian success story. Tell us a bit about youMy husband James and I are now in our 60s and live in the lovely beach suburb of Terrigal in NSW, just down the road from our oldest child Patrick, who lives further up the hill with his wife and baby daughter Alexis. And I’ve just spend the weekend in Melbourne visiting our daughter Kitty, who lives and works there.
When did your fascination with puzzles begin?My father was a Welshman with a great love of language and literature. It has been shown time and time again that doing puzzles regularly is good for brain health. There is lots of research on the benefits of art therapy in reducing stress and colouring-in allows your mind to get the rest it needs.
Many people always take a crossword magazine when going to the doctor or dentist, so that they have something interesting to do in the waiting room.
There is something for everyone and we have quite a few puzzle fanatics who get every single magazine and solve the lot! We feel very strongly about providing a personal hands-on service to our puzzlers, so we take on board all comments, queries, suggestions and requests.
Many of our readers write to tell us they feel part of a large extended family of puzzlers. We came up with the coded crossword which we originally called Starhunt, and we have since then introduced many more.
We also have a very talented, innovative and dedicated team here at Lovatts and between us all we produce thousands of puzzles for the education and entertainment of our community of loyal puzzlers.
Some puzzlers love to solve online while others prefer the medium of paper and continue to buy the magazines. We are also offering readers a chance to ‘get to know’ Lovatts by receiving a free single issue subscription to one of our most popular magazines, Christine’s BIG Crossword (See the WYZA® newsletter for more details).
A generation of dedicated readers has grown up with Lovatts, and a future audience is following in their footsteps as families pass on their passion for puzzles. I’m very lucky to have a gorgeous little granddaughter just up the road, which means I can babysit when necessary.
He loved solving cryptic crosswords, especially in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
If my father had finished his crossword, he was quite restless, pacing about the house and driving my mother mad. Not that I have a great deal to escape from, but when you’re deeply immersed in a puzzle, you lose yourself and enter another world.
I love any puzzle that makes me think, and the ones that do that best are probably Cryptics, Skeletons and Acrostics.
For this reason we recently launched our new magazine, Inklings, an adult colouring-in title with a unique puzzle element to the beautifully detailed illustrations.
Those who live on their own find puzzle magazines are invaluable companions, and are often well-travelled too. My husband James was working on People magazine in Sydney back in 1978, while I was working in hospital as a nursing sister.


It took me three weeks of hard slog, late nights and inky fingers, with James giving me a hand typing the clues on our battered old typewriter, when he came home from work. Gradually the Colossus gained a reputation among crossword aficionados, so much so that Woman’s Day magazine, Women’s Weekly and others approached us to supply a regular crossword for their magazines.
When we started we found that other crosswords would use quite a few obsolete words that were only ever seen in crosswords, such as inly, anent or clepe. Crosswords used to be more formal and academic, sometimes using Latin and Greek references and requiring a university education to solve them.
Now Dominic and Kitty are trying out different avenues while Patrick is Director and Circulation Manager here at Lovatts. This is apparently a form of meditation and is about getting away from the daily stresses of life. A variety of puzzles that keep your brain active is recommended to combat the onset of dementia.
At any age, we find it frustrating to be unable to find the word we need to describe something. Puzzlers often send us photos of themselves with their Lovatts puzzle magazines in far-off locations, because they are great travel companions.
He was given the job of finding someone to create a huge crossword to compete with the Post’s Wisdom Whopper (of which I was a fan). We have 23 magazine titles that are available from newsagencies and supermarkets as well as via subscription. We came up with the concept of cutting out these words altogether and creating crosswords that did not require solutions to be found only in dictionaries but also in encyclopaedias.
Now they are more relevant, and we are proud of the part we have played in making them more popular and more doable.
We like to look out for new trends and see how we can add a puzzle element – as we have with our Inklings colouring magazine.
Puzzling is a form of problem solving, finding the missing pieces (Skeletons), sometimes working backwards and forwards (Acrostics), and thinking laterally, keeping an open mind (Cryptics). Our Lovatts puzzlers often write in to tell us how much their memories and also word skills have improved since taking up puzzle-solving. When he couldn’t find anyone, he remembered that I had created crosswords, and came home with a bunch of flowers and asked if I’d like a new challenge.
Subscriptions are a great way to save time and money, as the magazines are sent directly to your door.
We introduced general knowledge clues, which weren’t included in crosswords back in the 1970s.
Those who are learning English as a second language find that solving crosswords helps them to build up their vocabulary. I started making crosswords for him to solve, with homespun cryptic clues about the family etc. Crosswords and other word puzzles use the right side of the brain whereas Sudoku or other logic puzzles use the left side.
We hear from our readers via the Lovatts Facebook page, email and snail mail, that they sometimes get on the phone to friends or family to pick their brains or have their own brains picked. A compiler also understands that puzzles are to educate so they must be accurate and they are also to entertain so they must be interesting.



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