czdCrosswords courses

Learn how to solve cryptic crosswords with an expert teacher on a relaxed and enjoyable course. Henry Howarth has taught cryptic crosswords to over 400 adults and is the author of Learn How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords.

"An excellent course." Harvey Conroy

". . . . . I found the course engaging right from the start." Sue Gammage

"Very well presented, very enjoyable." Barry Harlow

Over 50 courses have been taught in the UK.

Choice of courses

Courses are taught at two different levels:

  • Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners is for complete beginners and those with a little experience.
  • Cryptic Crosswords for Improvers is for people who understand the principles of how cryptic clues work, have some solving experience, and are now seeking to develop their skills further.

These courses are available as:

 residential courses    2+ days, with full board and lodge at attractive UK locations
 one day courses  6 hours teaching with breaks for coffee, lunch and tea
 half-day courses  a 3 hour introductory course for beginners
 U3A courses  for U3A members only

 

Residential courses

Beginners, 2122 Jan 2018
Denman, Abingdon, £175
01865 391991 to book
£20 discount for WI Members
Course details in the Lifestyle section of the Denman brochure.


Beginners, 2628 Jan 2018
Knuston Hall, Wellingborough, £299
01604 362200 to book
Download course brochure


Beginners, 30 Jan3 Feb 2018
The Green Park, Pitlochry, £422
01796 473248 to book
Course details at the Green Park site.


Improvers, 20–21 May 2018
Denman, Abingdon, £200
01865 391991 to book
£20 discount for WI Members
Course details in the Lifestyle section of the Denman brochure.


Beginners, 29–30 May 2018
Denman, Abingdon, £200
01865 391991 to book
£20 discount for WI Members
Course details in the Lifestyle section of the Denman brochure.

One-day courses

Improvers, 26 Jan 2018
Knuston Hall, Wellingborough, £62
01604 362200 to book
Download course brochure
Bed and breakfast is available at £60.

Half-day courses

Half-day courses for beginners have previously been taught at Christchurch, Bournemouth and Dorchester libraries and at four U3As in Dorset.

 Poster for half-day course at Christchurch Library

U3A Courses

These courses are for U3A members.

Beginners, 7 Oct 2017, Bournemouth U3A
Moordown Community Centre Room 5, 9:30am–12:30pm

Beginners, 10 Oct 2017, Poole U3A
Rossmore Library, 2.00pm–5.00pm

Half-day courses for beginners have previously been taught at Christchurch, Yeovil, Bournemouth and Wimborne U3As.

 

Find out more about courses

 Document  Size  Information provided
 Course info  229K   A one-page outline of the beginners course 
 Course testimonials   235K  Feedback from course attendees
 Course outcomes  254K    Results from a survey of course attendees 

 

Previous czdCrosswords courses

Year Month  Day  Venue Course Duration
2011  Sep 12 Age UK Dorchester Beginners  6 week
2012 Jan 23 Age UK Dorchester Beginners 6 week
  Jun 28 HMP The Verne, Portland Beginners 6 week
  Oct 26 Bournemouth U3A Beginners 6 week
2013 Nov 1 Bournemouth U3A Beginners 6 week
2014 Jan 16 Age UK Dorchester Beginners 6 week
  Jul 17 Age UK Dorchester Improvers 2 hr
  Sep 25 Dorchester U3A Beginners 6 week
    29 Christchurch U3A Beginners 6 week
    29 Dorchester Try This Beginners 2.5hr
    30 Bournemouth U3A Beginners 6 week
  Oct 6 Christchurch Library Beginners half-day
  Dec 13 Dorchester Library Beginners half-day
2015 Jan 9 Knuston, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
    19 Christchurch U3A Beginners 7 week
  Mar 20 Alston Hall, Preston Beginners 2 day
    28 Christchurch Library Beginners half-day
  June 5 Knuston, Wellingborough Improvers 1 day
    6 Knuston, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
  Sep 30 Bournemouth U3A Beginners 7 week
    30 Poole U3A Beginners 7 week
  Oct 9 Dorchester Try This Beginners 2 hr
  Oct 27 Wimborne U3A Beginners 7 week
  Nov 14 Itchen VI Form College Beginners half-day
  Dec 14 Age UK Dorchester Beginners half-day
2016 Jan 11 Christchurch U3A Beginners 6 week
    16 Christchurch Library Beginners half-day
    22 Knuston, Wellingborough Improvers 1 day
    23 Knuston, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
  Feb 3 Denman, Abingdon Beginners 2 day
    13 Bournemouth Library Beginners half-day
  Mar 3 The Coach House, Lechlade Beginners 1 day
  Apr 14 Yeovil U3A Beginners half-day
  Jun 18 Christchurch U3A Beginners half-day
    25 Christchurch U3A Beginners half-day
    27 Pilgrim's School, Winchester Beginners half-day
    28 Pilgrim's School, Winchester Beginners half-day
    30 Pilgrim's School, Winchester Beginners half-day
  Jul 10 Dorchester Try This Beginners 2 hr
  Aug 2 Knuston, Wellingborough Improvers 1 day
    3 Knuston, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
    15 U3A Summer School, RAU Beginners 3 day
  Sep 27 Poole U3A Beginners 7 week
  Oct 8 Bournemouth U3A Beginners half-day
    17 Wimborne U3A Beginners half-day
  Nov 3 HMP Guys Marsh Beginners 1.25 hr
2017 Jan 7 The Green Park, Pitlochry Combined 3 day
    20  Knuston, Wellingborough Improvers 1 day
    21 Knuston, Wellingborough Beginners 2 day
  Feb 4 Christchurch Library Beginners half-day
    17 Denman, Abingdon Beginners 2 day
  Apr 27 HMP Guys Marsh Beginners 3 week
  Jul 17 U3A Summer School, Newport  Beginners 3 day
  Aug 17 Denman, Abingdon Improvers 2 day