Precipitous Brew (5)

How a cryptic clue inspired a character!



Occasionally when I’m out I have a random idea for a scene far ahead in the P.A.W.S. saga. All kinds of things inspire such scenes and in this case it was a cryptic crossword clue I created – “Precipitous Brew” – the clue is a double definition. Both parts of it lead to the same answer. I’ll leave the answer off the post in case you’d like to guess it.

Anyhow I gazed at that clue and thought what a wonderful character name it would make, and then started thinking who Mr. Brew would be. I decided that Precipitous is Hugo Hogswarth’s counterpart in the London P.A.W.S. Institute that is hidden deep within Hampstead Heath. Now in a future P.A.W.S. episode Miri will visit London P.A.W.S. and encounter Precipitous Brew.

Here’s a little snippet of their first meeting:

(In the kitchen at the P.A.W.S. Institute of London in Hampstead Heath.)

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Asante’s Gullah Journey – A Word Seek and a New Release!

Today on Paws 4 Puzzles we have a treat for you – a special interactive word seek to celebrate the release of S.A. Gibson’s awesome fantasy, Asante’s Gullah Journey. Solve the puzzle here and then scroll down to read a snippet of the book and enter a fabulous giveaway. Click the grid to solve.


Asante’s Gullah Journey by S. A. Gibson

Asante Gullah Journey

Beneda’s most important goal is to defend the family farm. Her people held the land through the change that ended the use of technology in the world. Now her mother’s land is threatened. With the help of a Library swordsman and her bow she will do whatever is necessary to save the land.

This middle grade to young adult adventure novel will appeal to lovers of action, futuristic fiction, post-apocalyptic tales, and swords & soul.

African Asante and Gullah Beneda, sword and bow, join forces in this post-apocalyptic setting, for family, birthright, and oh so much more.

Click here to buy now!


Want to read a snippet? Sure you do!

Old Lady walks ahead, not even noticing. She got some strong legs that one. Across the water, Jolan spies the boatman, dropping passengers on the far shore. Soon their group all waits on the shore

“Won’t be long now.” Beneda waves, and Caleb and Jolan follow her lead. She tall, might be the only hand the ferryman see from afar. “He be back to take us soon.”

“I’m scared o’ boats.” Caleb shakes like a wet dog, Jolan feels a bit sorry for him.

“Ah, honey. Ain’t nothing to fear.” Old Lady grabs at him, squashing the boy to her apron then swats his backside. “We all come here by boat.”

Pete, he shakes his head, groans, “Don’t tell about Igbo Landing, gra’ma!”

Lady scowls at her grandson. “Why not? All folks need t’ hear that one.” Jolan hopes that face she aims, that glower, stays on her grandson, not him. He like stories. But then she peer at Beneda. “Girl, you know de story?”

“Yes, Lady.” Beneda nods, a good girl, she gives the old one her smile. “I heard.”

Lady casts her eyes on the boys. “You young’ns hear the story?” Both Jolan and Caleb’s heads shake. “Well, now’s soon enough.”

She spies some shade under a big cypress. Shuffles over the meter or two, waving everyone to come join her. “Sit you down, Pete, get comfortable. I’ma tell them the story of Igbo Landing.”

Jolan settles in the shade, aside Caleb. Pete steps close to Beneda and Old Lady leans back against the tree.

Lady takes a deep breath, adjusting her shawl, in the distance a shout can be heard from the far bank. “In the last century of slavery in this land. Long ago, now, back so many generations you need more’n two hands to count.

“Black people from Igbo in Africa got seized and put on a ship to America, in chains.” She wipes her brow. Bringin’ out a water flask, she drinks deep.

“About three score folks, they say. All ages, down to lil’ ones.” Jolan has heard similar stories. The old days, when black folks labored on the farms. Slaves.

“Then the whole lot of these Igbo was sold to a master on St. Simon Island. They all delivered by small boat. From Savannah.” She stops, glancing to each of them. Then she stares across the rushing water. Is she looking at boats returning?

“Then they git unloaded from the boat ont’ the swampy land, in chains. The Igbo leader looks at his people. He looks at his new master. He spy the deep water, of the swamp. He gives a command. The people they all fin’ to sing a hymn of they land. And, they march together into the water. The master and he men try to stop it. Many Igbo get they freedom that day.”

“Bu-but, did they die?” Caleb wants to know. “The Igbo?”

Old Lady Harris frown, then smiles at Caleb. “Yes, many died, but they not slaves.”

Pete waves everyone up. “The boat! Ya’ll hurry, let’s cross.”



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Meet S.A.Gibson


Published author of academic book, chapters, articles, and post-apocalyptic “woodpunk” fiction, S.A. Gibson turns his passions for sciemce in written worlds of wonder and fascination. He lives with his wonderful wife and their beloved Dachshund-Chihuahua in Southern California,


Author Links


Amazon:  S. A. Gibson author page
Gibson novels page
S. A. Gibson page

Website:  Author page

Twitter:  @Smalllinux




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Jigsaw P.A.W.S.

Who likes jigsaw puzzles? Here’s one that you can solve online. Click the pic to solve!

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Pick up your copy of P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer.

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Hi folks – been a while since I posted a new puzzle.

So here goes! This is a little connections puzzle deemed too difficult for the folks over at Penny Press, but I know that you guys are up for the challenge!

Download the PDF here:



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Puzzling from A to Z – The Zoo Zone!


And now we come to the letter Z – phew it’s been a long and puzzling ride. Which was your favorite puzzle? I’d love to hear!

We end the month with a final contest – a scavenger hunt so to speak.

There’s been a break out at Zeberdee’s Zoo – and all the animals are hiding in the A to Z posts in Paws 4 Puzzles. How many can you round up?

Trace your way back through the puzzles and jot down any animals you find – then send me your list via Contact Me. The person who sends me the longest list will win either an ebook of P.A.W.S. or a PDF copy of Paws 4 Logic.

So happy searching – and let’s get Zeberdee his animals back.

Oh and here’s a ZO to get you started.


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Puzzling from A to Z – Y not?


Almost home. Today for our cryptic lovers. I present another mini-cryptic puzzle.

Can you fill the answers into the grid below? The clues are listed in alphabetical order.



Come back tomorrow for the answers and the final letter of the month!

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Puzzling from A to Z – An Xword!


Hello folks and welcome to X day – and what do we have today? But an X-word (Crossword) of course.

I hope you enjoy this – click on the gentleman below for the grid and clues. You can either solve online or download a PDF to print out.


Come back tomorrow to meet the letter Y.

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