Ravenshead

Cryptic Crossword

Group Leader Frances Gilbert Tel.01623 616615
Meetings 1st & 3rd Thursday's from 10.00 am to 11.45 am
AtMembers’ homes. Contact the Group Leader for details.
Status Active Not full

Thursday 2nd July 2020: Cyptic Crossword Update

Well………….we didn’t meet on April 2nd as planned and we may not meet again for some time! As everyone knows, ordinary everyday life has been on lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, and onlynow are there some tentative signs of a return to normal life.

The Cryptic Crossword Group has not been able to meet but that has not stopped our activities. Several members of the group, notably Steve and Pauline have kept us busy by sending out crosswords and anagramteasers and then providing help- as necessary. Answers are provided at a later date. Group self-help has also been evident! Members are keen to get re-established as soon as is allowed, however, by its very nature, members sit near enough to each other tobe able to converse with each other, so ……………a social distancing problem, unless we all sit outside on my lawn!

Here is one interesting clue answer provided by Kathy: misericord. noun

1. 1.
a ledge projecting from the underside of a hinged seat in a choir stall which, when the seat is turned up, gives support to someonestanding.

2. 2.

HISTORICAL
an apartment in a monastery in which some relaxations of the monastic rule were permitted. (Wikipedia)

Well ………..that’s it for now. Keep cruciverbalising, if such a word exists!

Homework: work at your own pace!

Next meeting: uncertain.

The cryptic Crossword Group had its inaugural meeting on 21st September
2017. Since then the group has continued to flourish. Initially, the
group facilitated by Sue B, worked through the Workbook 'Learn How To
Solve Cryptic Crosswords. A Course for Beginners' by Henry Howarth, U3A
National Subject Advisor on Cryptic Crosswords. The Workbook is
available to U3A members for £10. For some time now we have been using
the SUN Two - Speed Crosswords, Collection 3.

This group is suitable for near beginners and improvers. We work
together in a friendly environment in members' homes on the first and
third Thursdays in the month from 10.00am to 11.45am. Frequent tea
/coffee breaks with biscuits help to oil the brain cells. You might
surprise yourself by how much of a devious mind you have when you get
chatting to others!

If you are interested in seeing how this group works, please contact the
Group Leader, Frances Gilbert on 01623 616615.
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Week 57: Thursday 12th March 2020

Seven of us were soon established around the table and ready to start.
As always, we worked through our homework, SUN crosswords 98 and 99.
After that, sustained by refreshments, we worked through Country Walking Cryptic Crossword: November 18 provided by Steve H. We like these crosswords as they are sufficiently challenging to make them interesting but not enough to cause us distress!
A large number of anagram indicators were identified today: upheaval, re-created, rough, moving round, involved, might be, breaks, maybe, poor, secretly, well used...............
Unusually, no words caused us any great surprise today.

Homework: SUN crosswords 100, 101 and 102, if possible! It is three weeks to our next meeting!

Next meeting: Thursday 2nd April 2020. Usual time and place.
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Week 56: Thursday 5th March 2020

We got straight down to work today. As usual we started by working through our 'homework', this week it was SUN crosswords 95 & 96. We then worked through crossword 97 before starting Country Walking Cryptic Crossword : November 2018. Our efforts were sustained by Sheila K's lovely 'splodge' and Sue B's lovely 'fruit loaf' (sorry Sue, I can't remember it's rightful name)!

Homework: An easy time this time! Just complete the Country Crossword: November 2018 - we only have one week as we are meeting again on Thursday 12th.

Next meeting: Thursday 12th March 2020 at the usual time and place.
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Week 55, Thursday 20th February 2020

We got straight to work today by working through our homework, SUN crosswords 92 & 93. We also completed 94.

As always we came across a large number of words denoting anagram clues. Today they included: reformed, doing badly, unusually, wayward, adept, somehow, almost, strangely, breaking, liable..

Several interesting 'new' words came to our attention:
'Peri': Peri are exquisite, winged spirits renowned for their beauty. Originally from Persian and Armenian mythologies, Peris were later adopted by other cultures.

Nostrum: Medical Definition of nostrum : a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
Also Nostrum definition: You can refer to ideas or theories about how something should be done as nostrums ,... | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples.

Life savers: Life Savers is an American brand of ring-shaped hard and soft candy. Its range of mints and fruit-flavoured candies is known for its distinctive packaging. Artificially flavoured ring-shaped hard candy; Good for lunches, snacks or to share with friends; Ideal for filling your candy bowl at the office or at home

Homework: Complete SUN crosswords 95 & 96
Next meeting: Thursday 5th March and Thursday 12th March. Usual time and place.
Please note that there will be NO meeting on Thursday 19th March.
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Week 54 :Thursday 6th February 2020

A table full of aspiring cruciverbalists (can I say this?) worked hard to complete three crosswords today. Of course, some find it easier than others!

As always, we came across numerous anagram indicators - today they were - confused, ruin, changes, shake, dreadfully, churned, unusually, another way, shattered, variety.

One answer stumped everyone - 'Guyed'.
guy1
/ɡʌɪ/ verb
past tense: guyed; past participle: guyed
make fun of; ridicule.
"she never stopped guying him about his weight"

Similar:
ridicule; make fun of; poke fun at; laugh at; make a joke of; mock; sneer at; jibe at; jeer at; deride; scorn; scoff at; satirize; lampoon; send up; rib; take off; take the mickey out of; rag; goof on; rag on; poke mullock at; sling off at; make sport of; take the piss out of

Now we know! It's amazing what you can learn in a cryptic crossword group!
Homework: Complete SUN crosswords 92 & 93.
Next meeting: Thursday 20th February at the usual time and place.
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Week 53: Thursday 16th January 2020

Today's meeting was held at Sue B's home and was well attended.
The group worked through SUN crosswords 88, 89 and started 90. Country Walking Cryptic Crossword January 2020 was completed.

Homework: Complete SUN crossword 90 and try to complete 91. Members were encouraged to work on Country Walking Cryptic Crossword Feb 2020.
Next Meeting: Group Leader's home. Thursday 6th February 2020 at the usual time.
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Week 52: Thursday 2nd January 2020

Meeting held as usual at the GL's home.
Homework: Try to finish SUN crossword 88 and start 89.
Next meeting: Thursday 16th January 2020

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