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The art of the crossword: How to solve clues and create your own puzzles

Guardian Masterclasses

Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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The art of the crossword: How to solve clues and create your own puzzles Feb 16, 2018 £129.00 £5.66
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Discover the secrets of wordplay wizardry by seeing John Halpern AKA Paul, the Guardian’s most published setter, in action writing a real-life Guardian crossword – a perfect present for a puzzle lover

For the first time ever, watch the Guardian cryptic crossword being created in front of your very eyes from start to finish. Whether you are an experienced solver or a complete beginner, leading crossword setter John Halpern AKA Paul will show you how cryptic clues work and how they are written.

Understanding the mind of a crossword setter will help you become a better solver, as well as encourage you to try your hand at setting your own clues.

There will be plenty of time to ask Paul any questions you may have about crosswords. You will leave the day with a better understanding of the setting process, with handouts to help you continue to develop your crossword solving and setting skills after the course.

Preparation

You’re encouraged to bring along any words and phrases you would particularly like to see in a crossword, some of which may just end up in the Guardian crossword printed in the newspaper.

Content

  • A brief history of the crossword

  • The process of creating a cryptic crossword puzzle from scratch

  • The rules of solving and setting cryptic crosswords – and when they can be broken

  • How to create clues, anagrams, hidden words, double definitions, reversals, containers, sound-alikes etc

  • Write your own clues and contribute to the live creation of a crossword that will be printed in the Guardian

  • The editing process

  • Practical exercises and group work, commenting on Paul’s cryptic crossword as he creates it

  • Your chance to ask any questions

Tutor profile

 

John Halpern (aka Paul) is the Guardian’s 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”. John is the author of The Centenary of the Crossword and tweets @crosswordpaul.

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)


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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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