Games & Puzzles


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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 – Beginners

Leader: Harvey Bengen.

For players new to Bridge, this is a new group running on Thursdays from 2.00 pm using Zoom and Internet support. Contact Harvey for details.

Bridge 2

Leader: David Epstein

Supervised play for players of Intermediate strength.

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Bridge 3 

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

Leader: Harvey Bengen alternating with Nat Diamond

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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.

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Chess for Beginners *NEW

Chess pieces

Leader: Jack Berkovi

Many of our members have shown an interest in learning chess and linking with others to play chess online.  An 8-week course on Zoom.

  • Start date: Weds 9 September 2020
  • Start time: 7.30 pm
  • Duration: 40 Minutes
  • Have a chess set and board at the ready!

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!

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  • When:
    • Wednesday 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm (during August)
    • Thursday 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm (from 3 September) 
  • Frequency: Fortnightly (weekly from September)

Quiz Night

Leader: Jack Berkovi

If you enjoy quizzes then why not join like-minded members for an informal, enjoyable evening of answering questions on general knowledge?

The first 4 weekly sessions covers the City of London and will be held using Zoom on Monday evenings at 8.15 pm starting on Monday 7 September 2020. 

Scrabble Sunday

Leader: Eleanor Levy

Scrabble tiles spell out the words game changerAre you a whizz at finding words that contain Q or Z (10 points each—even better if you can place them on a bonus square)? Or maybe you just enjoy good company while playing a game of Scrabble. Join our Scrabble Sunday for a couple of hours on alternate Sunday afternoons. Either two or four players per board, with a rotation of scorers. Please bring your own Scrabble set.

Who will be the first to get “oxyphenbutazone,” the highest-scoring legal Scrabble word (1,778 points after bonuses)?

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