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How to write a cryptic crossword: A three-week course at the Guardian

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM (BST)

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Learn how to torment your friends with your crossword setting skills and take part in group activities, where you’ll create a puzzle that will be published on the Guardian website - with John Halpern (aka Paul), the Guardian’s most published setter

 

From finding words that you love, to filling the grid and writing clues, learn how to create cryptic crosswords at this unique Masterclass with John Halpern (aka Paul), the Guardian’s most published setter. Over three consecutive Saturday mornings, you’ll learn the skills of crossword setting, and put what you’ve learned into practice during fun practical activities.


During the course, you’ll create your own cryptic crossword, and also create a puzzle as a group which will be published on the Guardian website – perfect for boasting to your friends and/or torturing them with your cryptic clues. With opportunities for feedback and plenty of laughs along the way, it’s the ideal course for crossword fans and creative wordplay lovers who fancy a challenge.


Content


Session 1 [June 3, 10am-12pm]


  • Background and history on cryptic crosswords in different newspapers

  • The process of creating a cryptic crossword puzzle from scratch

  • The rules – and when you can break them

  • Writing the clues, types 1-6 – anagrams, hiddens, double definitions, reversals, containers and sound-alikes


Session 2 [June 10, 10am-12pm]


  • Writing the clues, types 7-12 – deletions, cryptic definitions, charades, abbreviations, &Lit, miscellaneous

  • Practical activities with opportunities for feedback – create your own clues and work on a group project


Session 3 [June 17, 10am-12pm]


  • The editing process – polishing your puzzle and editing like an expert

  • Practical exercises and group work – finish creating a cryptic crossword as a team, which will be published on the Guardian website

  • Handouts to help you develop your crossword setting skills during and after the course


Tutor profile


John Halpern (aka Paul) is the Guardian and the UK’s most published cryptic crossword setter. His crosswords also appear in the Financial Times, The Independent and The Times, among other publications. John lives in Brighton and is married to a woman whose name is an anagram of ‘entail’; they have a son whose name is hidden in the word ‘taramasalata’. He’s the author of The Centenary of the Crossword and tweets @crypticpaul.

 

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM (BST)


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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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