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Special Crossword Puzzle Workshop and Signing Tour by Nelson Best-Selling Authors

Posted: November 9, 2009

For the first time ever local best-selling puzzle authors, Dave Macleod and Barbara Olson, are offering a Free Crossword Workshop. Designed to be fun and interactive, this workshop will allow avid puzzlers to gain solving tips and tricks from the pros. Crossword books will be available for purchase. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30 pm, 500 West Richards, Rosemont, Nelson. For more information please call 250-352-7160

Dave Macleod and Barbara Olsen will also be touring the local area doing signings at the following locations to promote their new book O Canada Crosswords 10:
· Nelson Coles at Chahko Mika Mall on Saturday, November 21, 12:00-2:00pm
· Black Bear Books in Creston on Saturday, November 28, 12:00-2:00pm
· Crockett Books in Trail on Saturday, December 5, 1:00-3:00pm
· Nelson Coles at Chahko Mika Mall on Saturday, December 12, 12:00-2:00pm

Dave Macleod and Barbara Olson are back with a variety of ingenious puzzles in the latest release from the bestselling O Canada Crosswords series that has sold over 150,000 copies. Olson and Macleod’s puzzles are modeled after the New York Times style of crosswords. They are intelligently constructed with clever themes, snappy clues and colourful fill words. There is, however, one key difference: they are Canadian. In O Canada Crossowords 10 a Senator might be a hockey player, Thanksgiving comes in October and the last letter of the alphabet is zed. Strengthen your mental agility and puzzle your way to a younger brain with cleverly themed crosswords that include “Thanks, Canada,” “Brrr!” and “Pun on the Job,” and clues such as:

Where polar bears can be seen = TOONIES
Game of love? = TENNIS
You'll trip on it = LSD
Where a Maple Leaf might fall = RINK
Article in Le Devoir = UNE

Barbara Olson’s love of words has led her to earn a degree in French translation, to write a newspaper column on the joys and pitfalls of the English language, and most recently, to construct crossword puzzles. Her puzzles have appeared in Saturday Night Magazine, the Toronto Sun, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and have been syndicated to hundreds of websites and publications across the continent. Barbara lives in Nelson, BC.

Born of Canadian parents in Princeton, New Jersey, Dave Macleod’s awareness of the cultural differences between the two countries began at an early age. He moved to Canada in 1975 to study forestry, and in his spare time he learned to construct crosswords. His puzzles have since appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers. Dave lives in Nelson, BC.