The death of David Bowie came as a shock to many people, but how much do you know about the legendary rock star's life and music? Test your knowledge with this crossword. Click here for an interactive online version, or hereto download a PDF version.
2015 was a big year for crosswords on The English Blog. In July my two crossword books were published, and I've also created quite a few new thematic crosswords for my EM Normandie students, which have appeared on The English Blog (you can see a complete list here). But one topic I have never covered is the New Year. Until now, that is. So here is my all new New Year Crossword. Click on the image below to access an interactive online version, and here to download a PDF version.
This is an easier Halloween crossword than the one I did a couple of years ago, and should be more suitable for lower-level learners. Click on the grid below to access an interactive online version, and click here to download a PDF version (with solution).
I'm not a great fan of rugby (we were forced to play it at school!), so I wasn't too upset when England were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup in the group stages. At least they didn't lose to France! Anyway, for all you fans of the oval ball, here's a crossword based on vocabulary connected with rugby. If the embedded version above doesn't work, try this one instead. Alternatively, you can download this PDF version.
There's been a lot of talk about stock markets in the past few weeks following the stock market crash in China, so I thought it would be interesting to do a crossword devoted to that topic. If the embedded version below doesn't work, you can try this alternative web version or download a PDF and print that out. You can find more crosswords by clicking on 'Crosswords' in the Categories list on the right, or you can buy my crossword books!
It's 'La Fête du Cinéma' here in France so I was able to see Jurassic World for only 4 euros (instead of 11) at the weekend at my local Gaumont in Le Havre. I really enjoyed it, even though I had to watch a dubbed version (why is it so difficult to find movies in the original version outside Paris?) OK, the plot is pretty dumb but the effects are spectacular, and I saw it on a big screen (which you really need to do). Anyway, I thought it would be fun to produce a crossword about Jurassic World, so here it is:
If you can't see the embedded version (there are issues with Chrome and Java apparently), try this alternative web-based version, which should also work on tablets (even the iPad!) Alternatively, you can download this PDF verisonand complete it in the traditional way, using a pen or pencil.
Here's an animated video ad I created for my two crossword puzzle books, which were published last week (see earlier post for full details). It won't win any awards (the ad, that is), but I'll try and do a better one when I have more time (we're right in the middle of orals for the 'Concours BCE' at EM Normandie at the moment).
BY THE WAY You may be interested to know that my publisher, Ellipses, is offering to send complimentary copies of the books to people in a position to promote it. So, if you'd like a copy to write a review for your blog, or have students who might be interested, or whatever (!), just send me an email with your name and postal address. Obviously, there's a limited number of free books available, so it will have to be first come, first served ...
Regular readers of The English Blog will know that I am a big fan of crosswords and often post my own creations on this site (you can find 55 here!). Well, the big news is that I've just published not one but two books of crosswords for learners of English. You can find them online (see links below) or in your local bookshop. Oh, and if you're an Amazon customer, a five-star review would be nice, but I'd settle for four ;-) In the meantime, check out these sample pages for Level 1 and Level 2.
Today (23rd April) is Saint George's Day, the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England. It is celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. To mark the occasion, here is a crossword all about England. Click on the image below for an interactive web version, and here for a PDF version.
Spring doesn't begin officially until March 20th, but the weather here in Le Havre turned spring-like this weekend with plenty of sun, and temperatures reaching 14°. What's more, the daffodils are out - a definite sign that spring is here! So, to celebrate the arrival of the season of new beginnings, here's a spring-themed crossword I made today. You can download a PDF version here, and find an alternative web-based version here, in case you have problems with the embedded one below.
It's Valentine's Day next Saturday, so here's a crossword on that theme. You can download a PDF version here, and access an alternative online version here, in case you have problems with the one below.
Last week I posted a Tour de France crossword to mark the legendary cycle race's start in England. This week's crossword is on the theme of cycling in general. See if you can tell your lugs from your forks! You can download a PDF version of this crossword (with solution) here, and alternative web-based version here, should you have problems with the one below.