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David Astle: Think Outside the Square (Cryptic Crossword Workshop)

Session Info:

Peek inside the black-and-white box of a cryptic crossword and you will find wonders. Puns and double meanings. Reversals and codes. Charades and homophones. This session will unlock the secrets of each clue recipe, as well as pass on the pleasures of solving and making your own clues. Far more than your chance to unravel a single puzzle, David’s chat is a challenge to open your mind to deeper wordplay. The session will allow your brain to flex and your imagination to germinate, ready for any future conundrum.


  • How to stretch your imagination
  • How to play with words
  • How to read and recognise the main clue recipes in a cryptic crossword
  • How to solve (and make) your own
  • How to see language freshly

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