David Astle is a full-time word nerd.
He’s otherwise known as the dictionary man on SBS’s Letters and Numbers, or DA – the devious setter of Friday’s crossword in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
His books include Wordburger, Riddledom, Cluetopia and Puzzled.
When asked who he’d most like to interview if given the choice of anyone in history, David has this to say…”Unthinkably tough question. Do I quiz a Beaumont kid? The captain of the Mary Celeste? Ludwig Leichhardt? Jack the Ripper? Or maybe the bugger who stole my bike outside Coles back in 1986? Then again, perhaps I should focus on Shakespeare’s word-coining feats, from ladybird to cold-blooded: which did you overhear on the street, Will, and what words just swam out of your skull?
But in the interests of furthering human knowledge, I’d request a member of the Rapa Nui people, the vanished race of Easter Island and ask a double-barrelled special: can you please decode your indecipherable Rongorongo lingo and what did those bloody big heads mean?”
Read more about our BWF 2016 participant ‘dream interviews’ here.