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The Allusionist
The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman

Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman. TheAllusionist.org

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195. Word Play 5: 100 Pages of Solvitude

Cain's Jawbone, a murder mystery cryptic puzzle novella in the form of 100 pages presented in the wrong order, has... more

28 May 2024 · 33 minutes
194. Word Play 4: Good Grids

Exciting things have been happening with crossword puzzles in the US: more constructors, more outlets to get puzzles published, clues... more

13 May 2024 · 46 minutes
193. Word Play 3: Lemon Demon

AJ Jacobs makes The Puzzler podcast, wrote The Puzzler book, and sometimes turns his whole life into a puzzle. He... more

23 Apr 2024 · 51 minutes
192. Word Play part 2

This episode, and the next couple of episodes, are about word games! Today, Joshua Blackburn recounts how his sons' uninspiring... more

09 Apr 2024 · 42 minutes
191. Hypochondria

The word 'hypochondria' has travelled from meaning physical ailments in a particular region of your body, to ones that are... more

23 Mar 2024 · 49 minutes
190. Craters

"It's quite a big undertaking going through every named feature in the whole solar system and trying to find out... more

11 Mar 2024 · 37 minutes
Tranquillusionist: Person In Scene

This is the Tranquillusionist, in which I, Helen Zaltzman, soothe your brain by saying a load of words that don’t... more

26 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
189. Mouthful of Fortune

At Lunar New Year, certain foods are particularly lucky to eat. Why? Because in Chinese, their names are puns on... more

10 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
188. Lipread

Lipreading has been in the news this month, thanks to gossip-stoking mouth movements at the Golden Globes that the amateur... more

28 Jan 2024 · 42 minutes
187. Bonus 2023

It's our annual end of year parade of all the extra good stuff this year's podguests talked about, including a... more

24 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Allusionist
195. Word Play 5: 100 Pages of Solvitude
The Allusionist