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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Helpful Quotation (Meta)

· Published 2024-02-13T05:00:20.601Z

Ah, wisdom from the ages! Look, I don't think you will find this meta puzzle very tricky, but I really like the way it came together. The answer to the meta is a 10-letter word. Answer & explanation:…

UMHO (Meta)

· Published 2024-02-06T05:00:57.537Z

I'm really hoping this one turns out to be fun; I certainly had fun putting it together! The answer to the meta is a 4-word phrase heard in the context of advice giving. Answer & explanation:
A GRAMMY-RELATED SPECIAL BONUS PUZZLE FOR YOU! This puzzle is part of the MOAT Music Meta Pack (which is still available for purchase here: fwiw). However, before it was included in that pack, I had…

Down Under (Meta)

· Published 2024-01-30T05:00:34.537Z

From idea to finished meta this one took me far longer than I could possibly have imagined! However, this should prove to be a fitting "week 4". The answer to the meta is two 8-letter words. Answer & explanation:…

Unwanted Visitors (Meta)

◆◆ · Published 2024-01-24T05:00:04.410Z

This puzzle was constructed while I desperately tried to solve the last MGWCC of 2023. (If you recall, there were no successful solvers for more than 18 hours! I could have got the achievement "1-Across" - usually impossible when the puzzle drops at…
The above image is a still from a clip of what has to be the most ocker Australian ever to be caught on film! You can watch part of the interview here: That clip may or may not help you with finding the…

Nominative Geography (Meta)

· Published 2024-01-16T05:00:45.691Z

I had this meta idea in my notes for a while now, so I don't recall what the seed was. It was a stretch to get all of the required pieces into the grid, but then I went and made it into a pangram! I hope I haven't made the grid too difficult as a…

Pet Sounds (Meta)

· Published 2024-01-09T05:00:13.258Z

I can't really say too much about this one without spoiling it, so I won't. The answer to the meta is what you can hear hiding in the puzzle. Answer & explanation (and nyan cat gif):

A Puzzle Of Firsts (Meta)

· Published 2024-01-02T05:00:19.008Z

Why are we so obsessed with being first? I guess it comes from our innate selfishness, something the writers of the New Testament were at pains to counter. As Paul says in Phil 2:3-4, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in…

How Very Scenic (Meta)

· Published 2023-12-26T05:00:57.038Z

Merry Christmas for yesterday! With this "week 4" puzzle we have reached the end of 2023 as far as MOATs are concerned. I trust you have enjoyed these weekly puzzles of mine. I know I have greatly enjoyed, not just the intellectual challenge of…

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