Learn how to solve cryptic crosswords with an expert teacher on a relaxed and enjoyable course. Henry Howarth has taught cryptic crosswords to over 400 adults and is the author of Learn How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords.
"An excellent course." Harvey Conroy
". . . . . I found the course engaging right from the start." Sue Gammage
"Very well presented, very enjoyable." Barry Harlow
Choice of courses
Courses are taught at two different levels:
- Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners is for complete beginners and those with a little experience.
- Cryptic Crosswords for Improvers is for people who understand the principles of how cryptic clues work, have some solving experience, and are now seeking to develop their skills further.
These courses are available as:
|residential courses||2+ days, with full board and lodge at attractive UK locations|
|one day courses||6 hours teaching with breaks for coffee, lunch and tea|
|half-day courses||a 3 hour introductory course for beginners|
|U3A courses||for U3A members only|
|Improvers||Denman||Abingdon||17–18 Aug 2017||1£190||01865 391991|
|Beginners||Denman||Abingdon||21–22 Jan 2018||1£175||01865 391991|
|Beginners||Knuston Hall||Wellingborough||26–28 Jan 2018||£299||01604 362200|
|Beginners||The Green Park||Pitlochry||30 Jan–3 Feb 2018||£422||01796 473248|
|Improvers||Denman||Abingdon||20–21 May 2018||1£TBA||01865 391991|
1£20 discount for WI members. Course details in the Lifestyle sectiion of the Denman brochure.
|Improvers||Knuston Hall||Wellingborough||26 Jan 2018||9:15–4:45||£62||01604 362200|
Bed and breakfast is available at £60.
Half-day courses for beginners have previously been taught at Christchurch, Bournemouth and Dorchester libraries and for a number of U3As in Dorset.
These courses are for U3A members.
|Beginners||Bournemouth||Moordown MCC Room 5||Sat. 7 Oct 2017||9:30am–12:30pm|
Half-day courses for beginners have previously been taught at Christchurch, Yeovil, Bournemuth and Wimborne U3As.
There is also a residential beginners course at the U3A Summer School 1, hosted at Harper Adams University in Newport, Shropshire, from 17-20 July 2017. This course is fully booked.
Find out more about courses
|Course info||229K||A one-page outline of the beginners course|
|Course testimonials||235K||Feedback from course attendees|
|Course outcomes||254K||Results from a survey of course attendees|
Previous czdCrosswords courses
|2017||Feb||17||Denman, Abingdon||Beginners||2 day|
|Jan||21||Knuston Hall,Wellingborough||Beginners||2 day|
|20||Knuston Hall,Wellingborough||Improvers||1 day|
|7||The Green Park Hotel||Beginners||3 day|
|2016||Nov||3||HMP Guys Marsh||Beginners||1.5 hr|
|Sep||27||Poole U3A||Beginners||7 week|
||Aug||15||U3A Summer School, Cirencester||Beginners||3 day|
|3||Knuston Hall, Wellingborough||Beginners||2 day|
|2||Knuston Hall, Wellingborough||Improvers||1 day|
|Jul||16||Dorchester Try This||Beginners||2 hr|
|Jun||30||Pilgrims School, Winchester||Beginners||half-day|
|28||Pilgrims School, Winchester||Beginners||half-day|
|27||Pilgrims School, Winchester||Beginners||half-day|
|Mar||3||The Coach House, Lechlade||Beginners||1 day|
|3||Denman, Abingdon||Beginners||2 day|
|Jan||23||Knuston Hall, Wellingborough||Beginners||2 day|
|22||Knuston Hall, Wellingborough||Improvers||1 day|
|11||Christchurch U3A||Beginners||7 week|
|2015||Dec||14||Age UK, Dorchester||Beginners||half-day|
|Nov||14||Itchen VI Form College||Beginners||half-day|
|Oct||27||Wimborne U3A||Beginners||7 week|
|9||Dorchester Try This||Beginners||2 hr|
|Sep||30||Poole U3A||Beginners||7 week|
|30||Bournemouth U3A||Beginners||7 week|
|Jun||6||Knuston Hall, Wellingborough||Beginners||2 day|
|5||Knuston Hall, Wellingborough||Improvers||1 day|
|20||Alston Hall, Preston||Beginners||2 day|
|Jan||19||Christchurch U3A||Beginners||7 week|
|9||Knuston Hall, Wellingborough||Beginners||2 day|
|Sep||30||Bournemouth U3A||Beginners||6 week|
|29||Dorchester Try This||Beginners||2 hr|
|29||Christchurch U3A||Beginners||6 week|
|25||Dorchester U3A||Beginners||6 week|
|Jul||17||Age UK Dorchester||Improvers||2 hr|
|Jan||16||Age UK Dorchester||Beginners||6 week|
|2013||Nov||1||Bournemouth U3A||Beginners||6 week|
|2012||Oct||26||Bournemouth U3A||Beginners||6 week|
|Jun||28||HMP The Verne, Portland||Beginners||6 week|
|Jan||23||Age UK Dorchester||Beginners||6 week|
|2011||Sep||12||Age UK Dorchester||Beginners||6 week|