Beckenham teacher publishes puzzle book
»A teacher has published a book combining the popularity of a crossword puzzle and word-search.
Langley Park Boys’ School head of economics, Richard Slatter, of Ashgrove Road, Bromley, was always interested in puzzles and during the recent Sudoku number crossword boom he realised he could create something similar with letters.
He set about finding every nine-letter word in the English language with no repeat vowels or consonants, of which there are about 2,000.
He said: “I trawled the dictionary looking for them.
“It was a very long process and took a long time and effort. Having been a teacher for 30 years I have learned how to be patient.”
His book, Wordoku, is available to buy on Amazon.
The father-of-two says there is scope to publish more books as he has only used 100 of his possible 1,900 puzzles in this edition.
Mr Slatter has his pupils’ support and says he sometimes gives his book away as a prize in competitions.
“They seem to like it,” he admits.
He started his own publishing company and his book is now the number one of its type on Amazon.
“Don’t give up if you can’t get anyone to publish your work,” he said. “The development of technology has made the process of self-publishing so much easier.
“A laptop is all you need to write and typeset your book and printing services are now relatively inexpensive.
“Sites like Amazon allow for easy access to a world market and registering for an ISBN number allows any book shop to order it directly from you.”
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