Our Brainwaves group is all about keeping our brains active! - tackling cryptic crosswords and playing scrabble.
Those of you for whom cryptic crosswords are a complete mystery can come along for enlightenment to the beginners course - a 6 week course to teach absolute beginners all the tricks of the cryptic crossword trade. This course was devised by a member of a U3A group in England, and we've used it very successfully on a number of occasions.
Aside from the beginners, we have an enthusiastic group of crossworders - including several who have come through the previous courses - who tackle a puzzle or two from the daily newspapers, often from the Guardian whose puzzles are available online. People who complete the beginners course often stay on to hone their skills with the more advanced group, while a new set of beginners start a new course.
Currently our meeting arrangements are different from normal - the beginners course is meeting in Angela's house on Monday afternoons, and the crossword group meets online using Google Meet every Tuesday afternoon; the Private Eye crosswords contributed by Angela have earned a certain reputation during this time!
On alternate Tuesdays we usually have fun playing scrabble - none too seriously though! However, this is currently suspended. We hope to restart soon.
Some people come along for the crosswords, some for the scrabble, and some for both - so you can choose which you prefer.
Traditionally if there's a 5th Tuesday in the month we do something special - maybe playing dingbats or tackling some of the other types of puzzles available on the internet. We hope to get back to this too soon.