My name is Ben Chenoweth, and I'm currently a teacher at Donvale Christian College, in Melbourne, Australia. I've worked overseas with Wycliffe Bible Translators, and in Australia as a secondary and tertiary teacher. (I was the Educational Designer / eLearning Coordinator at Melbourne School of Theology for four years, and taught at Eastern College for some of that time.)
My main interests are music, writing, theology and various combinations of those. I have a number of other interests, including reading, crosswords (especially cryptics and metas), and computer games. I also enjoy programming. My About Me website ( was put together as an HTML/CSS demonstration for my Year 10 Computing class. Another interesting programming project is my EPUB Metadata Editor (an open-source project on GitHub).
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Laughter Is The Best Drug (Meta)

· Published 3 days ago

Apparently, Fantales are an Australian invention! These chocolate-coated caramel sweets come wrapped in paper with trivia questions on them, originally movie-related. Growing up, we would use these questions to play "guess the movie star" with someon...
It's great that there's a place for the, shall we say, more unusual crossword puzzles that come to mind every now and then. And MEOW is that place! I trust you will enjoy the unusual grid and are able to find your way to the meta answer, which is a n...

Earthquake Zone (Meta)

· Published 10 days ago

Melbourne experienced an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale on the 22nd of September 2021. It was the biggest earthquake I've ever experienced, even though it only lasted for about 30 seconds and just made the house shake a little. What ma...

"E" Is For Extraneous (Meta)

· Published 17 days ago

The meta mechanism in this puzzle came to me while driving home from work. I don't think that's a spoiler! Once I got home, I just had to see if it would work, and I think it does. Hopefully, you will agree with me, assuming you can find the answer t...

Medal-winning Positions (Meta)

· Published 24 days ago

If you haven't noticed, I've been trying to follow the Gaffney model of meta puzzles such that the month starts with an easier puzzle and then they get harder as the month progresses. Of course, it's hard to judge the difficulty of a puzzle when you'...

The City & the City (Meta)

◆◆ · Published about 1 month ago

"The City & the City" (by 38 across) is a brilliant mind-melting weird-fiction detective/police-procedural novel. (It was also made into a BBC TV series, which while decent, paled in comparison.) Such a book deserves a similarly mind-melting meta! I ...

Anomalies (Meta)

· Published about 1 month ago

It's funny how many of my meta ideas come while trying to solve other people's metas! This one was definitely inspired that way. I trust you will find your way to the answer to the meta, which is an adjective. Answer and explanation: https://www.xwor...

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (Meta)

· Published about 2 months ago

Noises in space movies/shows really annoy me. Pew pew! Kaboom! Bah humbug! Even a hard sci-fi show like "The Expanse" (which is absolutely excellent in every other respect and you should definitely watch it if you haven't already) falls afoul of this...

Risky Business (Meta)

· Published about 2 months ago

Here's a quick puzzle for you. I've tried to make the clues fun and the meta even funner! The answer to the meta is a profession. Enjoy! Answer and explanation:

Turn The Corner (Meta)

· Published about 2 months ago

This was one of those night-time meta ideas that pop into your head while you are supposed to be sleeping. While it's not like my usual metas, I think you will still enjoy it. The answer to the meta is a three-word phrase. Answer and explanation: htt...

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