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The Fascinating History of the Cryptic Crossword

Talks - General Interest; Talks - History; Talks - Arts and Culture

Event Description

Learn about the history of the Cryptic Crossword, today’s most popular indoor pastime. Discover how a crossword was used to recruit code breakers during World War 2 and how puzzling maintained civilian morale during the Blitz. Learn about crosswords as plot devices in films and fiction. Meet some of the most eminent crossword setters who developed a set of rules to ensure that clues were fair and logical for solvers. From its origins in Roman and medieval word puzzles right up to today’s 3D puzzles, the cryptic crossword has developed into an art form in its own right.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Angela Bell

Meet The Speaker, Angela

Angela has lived in Suffolk since 1986 and is an active member of her local University of the Third Age. For the last two years, she has led a Cryptic Crossword Group for East Suffolk U3A and a second online group for TrustU3A. Both groups have continued to meet virtually when face-to-face contact was not possible.

Angela is a member of a canal boat syndicate and loves exploring the inland waterways of the midlands and north of England with friends aboard the narrowboat ‘Honeystreet’. As well as doing word puzzles she enjoys walking, taking part in pub quizzes, and discovering wildlife.

Preparing for the Event

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