Games & Puzzles


Playing cards

As Bridge is extremely popular, we have offerings aimed at different levels of players. Our Leaders, Harvey Bengen, Nat Diamond, David Epstein and Irene Fine often cover for each other during holiday periods so that continuity is assured during term time.

Bridge – Improvers

Leader: Harvey Bengen.

For players who attended Harvey’s 10-week Beginners course which was completed during the Spring term.

  • Summer Term start date: Tuesday 21 May 2019
  • Tuesdays 2 – 4 pm
  • Location: Members home in N2
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Charges: £1 per session to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12

Bridge 2

Leader: David Epstein

Supervised play for players of Intermediate strength.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Wednesdays 11 am- 1 pm
  • Location: Member’s home in N2
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £1 per session to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 16.

Bridge 3 

Supervised,  for Beginner and Intermediate levels, in a very comfortable location in the Suburb. 

Leader: Harvey Bengen alternating with Nat Diamond

  • Summer Term Dates: 1 May – 10 July
  • When: Wednesdays, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Friends Meeting House, 17 North Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 7AD
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £1.00 per session to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12

Bridge 5: Friendly matches using Modern Acol bidding — with advice on offer

Leader: Elaine Phillips

Relaxed bridge matches for experienced acol players who are happy to play weak no trump, transfers, weak 2s, and other modern bids, plus would like to improve their bidding and play. There are 2 tables each session and all the players in the group are using the same system.

Elaine sets the hands in advance, trying to include some interesting points for discussion, and hopefully coming up with a helpful suggestion if any players are struggling — be it a better bid, new convention or improved playing technique.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Thursday at 2.00 pm – 4.45 pm
  • Duration: 2½ – 3 hours, including a tea break
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6YG
  • Frequency: Weekly, but each player will be invited every 2–3 weeks
  • Charges: £1.00 per session to cover refreshments, cards, score cards, etc
  • Number of places: 8 players each session (the group leader varies the participants each week, so membership of the group isn’t restricted to eight.

Cryptic Crosswords Group

Leader: Diana Wolfin, assisted by Chris Salter

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

Crossword, pen, and glassesWe meet fortnightly in term time 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!

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Wednesday 3 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Location: Leaders’ homes in Golders Green, NW11
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 8