Cryptic Crossword Solvers Beginners course - only offered once a year. A new beginners course is planned for October 2019. The course which started in October 2018 filled up rapidly, so if you are interested don't delay as it is first come first served! Contact Andy as shown below.
The course lasts 10 sessions and is both challenging and enjoyable. It is aimed at the complete beginner as well as the person who enjoys trying to complete the occasional clue in one of the daily newspapers.
Over the years the Beginners course has introduced more than 40 people to the joys of Cryptic Crosswords. Several of the original intake are still coming, such is their enjoyment of the challenges of Cryptic Crosswords as well as the significant importance of this friendly and lively group.
Once through the 10 Beginners sessions group members are encouraged to find their enjoyment level - from easy to fiendish. The emphasis is on everyone reaching their own level of success while always wanting to come back for more!
A normal session will consist of 20-25 people attempting two crosswords over two hours. There is a spread of ability and, to accommodate this, each table is set different crosswords. We use the Daily Telegraph Cryptic, Times Quick Cryptic and the Guardian Cryptic crosswords.
Members are encouraged to initially work independently, then to work in groups to try and defeat the crossword compiler! This process has proven to be very popular and makes for a friendly and lively environment
Gill's pictures (below) are from 1st November 2018 (click one to see it full size).
The more advanced groups always welcome new members.
The Cryptic Crossword group meets twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at the West Charleton Village Hall 10am-12noon.
If you are interested in joining this enthusiastic & friendly group or would just like to try it out please contact Andy on 581164 or click Cryptic Crosswords to email.