Fun, Games & Puzzles

Bridge

Playing cards

We are delighted to announce the restart of weekly face-to-face Bridge sessions, which will be held in the Friends’ Meeting House in the north-east corner of Central Square in Hampstead Garden Suburb. It’s a very well ventilated and comfortable location. There are three options on offer:

Intermediate Bridge

Leader: Irene Fine

  • Autumn term dates: Tuesday 21 September – 21 December
  • When: Tuesday 3.30–5.30 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Friends’ Meeting House, 17 North Square, NW11 7AD
  • Charge: £10 per term for cards, bidding boxes, and other equipment

Bridge — Improvers Plus

Leader: David Epstein

  • Autumn term dates: Wednesday 13 October – 22 December
  • When: Tuesday 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Friends’ Meeting House, 17 North Square, NW11 7AD
  • Charge: £10 per term for cards, bidding boxes, and other equipment

Bridge — Novices

Leader: Harvey Bengen

  • Autumn term dates: Thursday 30 September – 23 December
  • When: Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly (no sessions on 14 October, 18 November, 16 December)
  • Location: Friends’ Meeting House, 17 North Square, NW11 7AD
  • Charge: £10 per term for cards, bidding boxes, and other equipment

Please fill in the following form if you would like to join any of the preceding Bridge groups:

Bridge — Friendly competitive teams (Modern Acol bidding) — with advice on offer (formerly Bridge 5)

Leader: Elaine Phillips

This group is not playing face-to-face Bridge at the moment, but if you would like information or advice about playing Bridge online, you’re welcome to email Elaine.

Cryptic Crosswords

Leader: Diana Wolfin, assisted by Ros Florence

  • Enjoy cryptic crosswords?
  • Would you like more clues to clues?
  • Welcome a new venture?

Crossword, pen, and glassesWe meet weekly to have a go at solving a cryptic crossword from newspapers such as the Guardian, Daily Telegraph or the Times. No-one gets all the answers and we give each other time to think. It’s great to learn more ways of tackling complex clues.

If you’d like to unravel some clues – try these*

  • Put cords in rows for this puzzle (anagram)
  • Cranky chat group (synonym + synonym)
  • We don’t quite cross swords in this group (nearly embedded)
  • Always affable. Never a ……………… Join us! (completion of a phrase)

Learn how to understand and complete cryptic crosswords. Examples will be provided with solutions — *the answer to all of these cryptic clues is crossword!

  • Online using Zoom
  • When: Thursday 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly

Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners

Leader: Ros Florence

If you’re baffled by the clues in cryptic crosswords, but would like to learn how to crack them, this group will help you unravel the mysteries of the cryptic crossword compiler’s mind.

  • Online using Zoom
  • When: Wednesday 2.00–3.00 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly