Crossword Club

The Hathway Crossword Club is a group of people who meet on average once a month to solve crosswords.

In the course of an evening they will probably do three crosswords which are set by members of the group.

They spend ten to fifteen minutes looking at a grid individually and then share the answers they’ve each got so far.

From then on, they work on clues collectively, although they have a rule that when a person has an answer to a specific clue, they don’t shout it out but instead they draw attention to the number of the clue, and maybe give a hint as to how to solve it, so everyone has a chance to do the same.

They try not to be too competitive and they help each other with solving techniques, which gives the members an opportunity to improve.

Whether you want to work in a group, do gay crosswords or not, we hope ourCrossword Guide will help you get started in the fascinating game of crossword solving.

Be warned ‐ it can become horribly addictive!

Other good guides to solving crosswords:
How To Solve Cryptic Crosswords
The Guardian ‐ Beginner’s Guide
The Telegraph ‐ How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords

It was reported that actor and comedian David Mitchell spends large amounts of time on set with his head buried in a crossword (the article didn’t mention the paper, but I bet it was The Guardian). It fits with the image of a highly brainy loner.

However, I would quarrel with that stereotype. You do need to have a brain, but not one the size of a planet. You also don’t need to be a loner.

There can be a lot of enjoyment in solving with a friend or partner. Or, as we do in the Hathway Crossword Club, in a group, with a lot of food, alcohol, banter and wandering off the point.

OurCrossword Guide is designed to demystify cryptic crosswords and encourage you to take them up. You won’t regret it.

If you live in London and want to become part of the Hathway Club, We look forward to seeing you.
Esmée (2018)

SeeHow Not to Write Cryptic Crosswords

Christmas 2018

OurChristmas Crossword afternoon included nut roast, turkey curry, champagne, Black Forest mince pies, baklava and more champagne!

February 2019

The first2019 Crossword gathering was in February.

March 2019

We solved theMarch Crosswords quite quickly over some rather nice quiche and lots of bubbly - it was Peter's 70th birthday party the day before, and he's going to be living on the leftovers for weeks!

July 2019

We solved two interestingCrosswords in July, one of which was a perimetrical.

September 2019

Two fineCrosswords in September from Peter and Kitty, one of which was sign language.

Christmas 2019

Christmas coming around again means time for theChristmas Crosswords. We solve two which have a Christmas theme, one of which is in the form of a game. This is either Pass the Crossword, or Farmyard.

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