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Summer School 2021

Cryptic crosswords: conspiracies, clues and compilers

Jonathan Ancer, author

Cryptic crosswords offer a complete mental workout and are believed to delay the onset of cognitive decline. However, people avoid them because cryptic clues seem too difficult to solve. They aren’t – you just need to learn the language. They are easier than coffee time clues. When people solve a cryptic clue something magical happens; pure joy is experienced. This course provides a brief overview of the history of crosswords, reveals the world’s most mysterious crossword conspiracies, and introduces participants to the world’s cleverest compilers and their brilliant clues. But it’s not all theory: participants will learn how to spot and solve anagram clues, hidden clues, double definition and charade clues and by the end of the course will be able to tell their anagram from their below, their synonym from their funny bone and their homophone from their Elle blow.


This workshop will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.


Date: Saturday 16 January
Time: 9.00 am12.00 pm