Confidence, n: Doing the Telegraph crossword puzzle with a pen.


For enthusiasts at all levels who are still using pencils, this evening event will provide the clues you need to cracking cryptic crosswords. Tim Moorey will explain the Ximenes rules and take you through the basics, after which – with the help of a Hendricks Gin break – you will divide into pairs to solve a puzzle of your own. In the words of Stephen Sondheim, ‘The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is you know there is a solution.’


A professional setter of puzzles for The Sunday Times, The Week, MoneyWeek, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Times, Tim Moorey is the author of How to Master The Times Crossword which (its title notwithstanding) sets out the rules and processes applying to nearly all today’s cryptic puzzles. A former college Senior Lecturer, Tim is an experienced adult tutor, running crossword courses and workshops for the past 15 years at Farncombe Estate, Marlborough College Summer School, the Barbican Centre, Womens Institute, Dillington House, Women’s Institute and University of the Third Age.


His new book, Cracking Cryptic Crosswords, will be published by HarperCollins in April 2014.