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Born: Established: 1961 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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1 David Astle : the Swedish Girl Who Was My First Crush David Astle , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 11 November 2016;
'"Dear David, would you like to be one of our Men of Letters? The premise for the show is simple – we ask 10 esteemed gentlemen to write a letter to the 'woman who changed my life', and read it live. The letter can be funny, heartfelt, musical if you're so inclined – whatever works..." ...'
1 Wordplay : Great, Green Dragons and Other Unspoken Rules David Astle , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 7 October 2016;
'Pam the name is 10 times funnier than Lisa. Glenn with two Ns is hilarious compared with his one-N version, while Barbara, or Barb, is comedy gold in contrast to Mrs O'Brien. ...'
1 Wordplay : It's Unacceptable for Dictionaries to Miss This Word David Astle , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 13 September 2016;
'Read this column and you can't unread it. Sounds reasonable, right? Which is another way of saying that doesn't sound unreasonable, unlike saying that's reasonably unsound, which is plausible too, given this paragraph's hall of mirrors. ...'
1 y separately published work icon Riddledom David Astle , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8865126 2015 single work prose travel

'After his recent hits - Puzzled and Cluetopia - David Astle continues on his brain-bending path into the field of riddles.

'Why are ladies like arrows?

'When is a bird not a bird?

'What do you call a nun with a washing machine on her head?

'Welcome to the weird new word adventure from David Astle, plunging into the realm of riddles, chasing down and prising open 101 curious questions from around the planet. A mindtrip across time and place, Riddledom uncovers relics from over 50 cultures, delving into language and deception, sampling Pompeii walls and Dothraki warriors. Readers can unravel each mini-chapter, wrestling with riddles from Wonderland or Zanzibar, Oedipus Rex or Harry Potter. Come meet French acrobats, coffee slaves, lusty maids and many more along the way. Riddledom is your chance to roam Tasmania and Mongolia, Fiji and Peru, seeking riddles on clay tablets and Popsicle sticks.

'As David opens Riddledom: 'If you think riddles are solely the stuff of schoolyards and Christmas crackers, you're about to have your head refurbished.' (Publication summary)

1 Oxtales David Astle , 2012 single work short story
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 36 2012; (p. 251-261) The Best Australian Stories 2012 2012; (p. 49-58)
1 David Astle : The Books That Changed Me David Astle , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 27 February 2011; (p. 4-5)
David Astle nominates five books that changed him. His list includes Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves.
1 Nymphomaniacs David Astle , 2010 single work short story
— Appears in: The Sleepers Almanac : No. 6 2010; (p. 221-231)
1 2 y separately published work icon Puzzled : Secrets and Clues from a Life Lost in Words David Astle , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1727035 2010 single work autobiography ''I used to regret not being born Catholic because it meant I'd been denied the joys of self-flagellation. Then I discovered DA and he solved my problem.' Bill Leak, cartoonist, and anagram of Killable
'He's the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords. A complete mindf**k.' Geoffrey Rush, actor, and anagram of Gruffy Heroes

Many a puzzle solver has battled against the devilish mind of long-time crossword maker and wordaholic David Astle, known to many as DA. In Puzzled he holds out a helping hand to the lost and perplexed taking us on a personal tour into the secret life of words. Clue by clue, chapter by chapter, we step through a central puzzle, uncovering and unravelling word-secrets as we go. The Steve Irwin Fluke, the Swastika Accident, the Abracadabra Pyramid - hidden meanings, anagrams, reversals - all the Dark Arts are finally revealed. More than a how-to manual, more than a memoir, Puzzled enlightens us about cryptics and delights in the quirky realm of wordplay. It is a book for word junkies everywhere.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 I Came, I Buzzed, I Lost David Astle , 2008 single work prose humour
— Appears in: The Best Australian Humorous Writing 2008; (p. 125-132)
1 His Other Master's Voice David Astle , 2008 single work short story
— Appears in: The Sleepers Almanac No. 4 2008; (p. 107-117)
1 Puzzling Words David Astle , 2008 extract autobiography (One Man, One Box and 26 Letters)
— Appears in: The Age , 26-27 December 2008; (p. 12-13)
1 One Man, One Box and 26 Letters David Astle , 2008 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 67 no. 4 2008; (p. 50-61)
1 Poets in the Playground David Astle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: SundayLife , 30 September 2007; (p. 17-18)
1 A Man for All Seasons David Astle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: SundayLife , 20 May 2007; (p. 24-26)
1 The Road to Bob David Astle , 2006 single work short story
— Appears in: The Sleepers Almanac 2006 : The Nervous System 2006; (p. 5-15)
1 It's Not the Heat David Astle , 2005 single work short story
— Appears in: On the Edge : Thirty Modern Australian Short Stories 2005; (p. 127-139)
1 On My Bedside Table : David Astle David Astle , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 2 July 2005; (p. 6)
1 A Tale of 2 Cities David Astle , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: SundayLife , 16 January 2005; (p. 18-21)
Five people who have lived in both Sydney and Melbourne are asked to comment on the differences between the two cities. The respondents are Judith Lucy, Paul Roos, Anthony Heraghty, Kim Hayes and writer Tara Moss.
1 The Taxman's Mango David Astle , 2003 single work short story
— Appears in: Heatwave : Penguin Australian Summer Stories 5 2003; (p. 113-127) Behind the Front Fence : Thirty Modern Australian Short Stories 2004; (p. 140-154)
1 Walter Tells David Astle , 1999 single work short story
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 June 1999; (p. 20-21)
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