A cryptic crossword is essentially a collection of mini teasers, each one able to provide joy in its own right. Every puzzle is different as authors have unique styles that come through in the clues. To an outsider, all cryptic crosswords are mysteries, but being able to solve cryptic crosswords is not as difficult as it looks. Come and learn the basic language of cryptics and unlock a whole new world.
A brief history of crosswords, cryptic terminology, cryptic clue structure, and common cryptic devices. There’ll be plenty of clue-solving and interaction with the rest of the class.
David first learnt about cryptic crosswords at school from his year-10 English teacher who taught the whole class how to solve them. After a stint as an IT specialist, David became a professional full-time crossword setter in 1995. His cryptic crosswords have been published in Australia, the UK and the US, and his long-running cryptic puzzle, The Stickler, reached number 4786. His passion for spreading the cryptic word continues on his website.
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