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Bridge

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Weekly face-to-face Bridge sessions have now moved to the Free Church in North  Square in Hampstead Garden Suburb. It’s a very well ventilated location. Please note that the sessions are in the church itself, not in the Free Church Hall. There are three options on offer in the Free Church, plus a new session for improvers in a leader’s home (starting on 20 February).

Intermediate Bridge

Leader: Irene Fine

  • Spring term dates: Tuesday 11 January – 29 March
  • When: Tuesday 3.15–5.15 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, North Square, NW11 7AA
  • Charge: £10 per term for cards, bidding boxes, and other equipment

Bridge — Improvers Plus

Leader: David Epstein

  • Autumn term dates: Wednesday 12 January – 30 March
  • When: Wednesday 10.45 am – 12.45 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, North Square, NW11 7AA
  • Charge: £10 per term for cards, bidding boxes, and other equipment

Bridge — Novices

Leader: Harvey Bengen

  • Autumn term dates: Thursday 13 January – 31 March
  • When: Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, North Square, NW11 7AA
  • 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 Improvers on Sunday

Leader: Angela Stern

Bridge for Improvers who would like to play, discuss and re-learn some of the rules in a relaxed way. Tea and cake to follow.

  • Start date: 20 February
  • When: Alternate Sundays, 3.30–5.30 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home in Finchley Central. Easy parking & on several bus routes that stop outside.

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