Calling Canterbury’s slightly mad hatters

Calling Canterbury’s slightly mad hatters

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John Pidgeon (Petitjean to Toughie fans, all manner of names to Cryptic solvers) will be running a series of Thursday morning crossword workshops in the village of Bridge, three miles from Canterbury, from October 11th.  Lifelong solvers and novices will be equally welcome at these get-togethers, where John’s aim will be to improve your recognition of various types of clues, help you spot setters’ sleight of hand, and get you more quickly to the right answer.

These workshops will be held in the function room of the Plough & Harrow in Bridge High Street at 11am, and cost £10.  Sessions will last an hour – or longer to accommodate questions.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks (or something stronger) will be available at the bar.

For more details please email [email protected]

Petitjean and Gnomethang

Petitjean and Gnomethang



  1. Colmce
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a good idea to me, email sent.

  2. crypticsue
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t been to the Plough and Harrow for years, have some annual leave to use up so may go along to one session just to meet Petitjean and whoever else I only know by name on the blog.

  3. gnomethang
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Lets synchronise the meet. I can take any day off with a weeks notice (unless there is something big planned in). There are a few of us down this neck of the woods.

  4. Captain Beefheart
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I would love to be there, unfortunately I don’t get back until Saturday.
    Hopefully I will attend the week after (17th).
    By the way it’s a lovely sunny day in Aberdeen , just for those who think that the weather is always worse up here.!!

  5. lizwhiz1
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Sadly teaching at that time :( Would have loved to join in!

  6. Colmce
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m definitely on for the 11th.

    • gnomethang
      Posted October 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

      Good Stuff! Unfortunately my work hours are not my own so I can only attend one but am sure it will be worthwhile both for the content and the meeting of everyone.
      Plus I owe CS lunch as well as a microbrewery so that will hopefully happen afterwards!

  7. eXternal
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Interesting and not too far from me, anyone definitely going to any?

    • crypticsue
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Gnomey and I are going to the first one this Thursday.

      • eXternal
        Posted October 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        I’ll see whether I can get a morning off, shame it is 11.00, means I’ll have to whizz straight back to work after

        • gnomethang
          Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

          Yay! Hope to see ya.

    • Captain Beefheart
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Going to try to make it on the 18th, hopefully there will be some others from the site attending then.

  8. Colmce
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Just returned from the first session, a highly informative and entertaining hour and a half with revealing insights into the gentle but devious mind of the setter.

    Thanks to Petitjean.

    Really nice, as a bonus to meet Cryptic Sue (even if she had upset me early this morning), Gnomethang and eXternal.

    (Predictive text makes a real meal of gnomethang )

    • crypticsue
      Posted October 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      I would agree with Colmce that it was an excellent session. Anyone who is in the Canterbury area and free on Thrusday mornings would find it most useful, although Gnomey and I won’t be there again unfortunately as our respective employers don’t let us out much.

      Sorry Colmce for making you sob, I promise I won’t do it again.