Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2015)

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2015)

in conjunction with the Times Crossword Championship

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What? A Cruciverbalist Convention for crossword setters and blog contributors and readers will take place in London, coinciding with the annual Times Crossword Championship.
When? 11:00 am onwards on Saturday 17th October 2015
Where? London – meeting at the The George, Borough High Street, Southwark, SE1 1NH

The George, Borough High Street, Southwark, SE1 1NH

And later? Anyone still standing will be heading towards a nearby restaurant
Who? Anyone who is interested
Why? It is hoped that a number of the Times setters and several of the Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and FT setters will put in an appearance.  There should also be a cross-section of bloggers and readers from this site, Times for the Times and Fifteensquared.  This is your chance to meet us!
How? Just turn up on the day.
If you’ve never been before, these are very friendly functions and you have the opportunity to meet other like-minded people.

Plan your journey to The George


  1. Paso Doble
    Posted September 17, 2015 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    L’equipe Paso Doble will certainly be there!

  2. Miffypops
    Posted September 18, 2015 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Coventry V Fylde. Kick off 3.00pm. No contest. Wont be there. Soz.

  3. Shropshirelad
    Posted September 18, 2015 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Sister and Brother – in – law coming over from Canada to visit. They’re stopping with us for a week, so will be unable to attend. Have a good time everyone that’s going.

  4. Beet
    Posted September 22, 2015 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I am literally five minutes away from the venue on Saturday mornings, so I will certainly be popping in.

  5. Poppy
    Posted September 22, 2015 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Sadly, am away that day, so will miss being with all those that make it. But I know those there will have a super time…

  6. Toro
    Posted September 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I will try to get down for it.

  7. weekendwanda
    Posted September 24, 2015 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Are many BD bloggers planning to attend? I would like to – but may leave it till the Little Venice do if not a proliferation of DT solver amateurs!

    • crypticsue
      Posted September 24, 2015 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      Do come along – you’ll have a really good time as there will be bloggers solvers and setters to meet.

      • weekendwanda
        Posted September 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

        I shall be there

  8. andy
    Posted September 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Trying to arrange cover for pooches, Ascot Beer Fest on 3rd Oct, Sloggers and Betters in York on 24th ,Sheffield beer festival festival 22 and 23 Oct. Eek, and closer to home events in between. Will try to be there always a friendly bunch

  9. Hoskins
    Posted September 26, 2015 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to being there from about 15:00 hours onward and beyond.

  10. gnomethang
    Posted October 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be turning up but be warned that I am well out of practice (Crosswords, that is, not having a beer!)

    • andy
      Posted October 8, 2015 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

      Stay on the wine

      • gnomethang
        Posted October 11, 2015 at 9:11 am | Permalink

        Yeah but I’m not too good at that either!. Hope to see you there!

        • crypticsue
          Posted October 11, 2015 at 9:15 am | Permalink


  11. Khinjan
    Posted October 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to come. Met the big man himself in Cambridge along with a lot of friendly folk. I’d post a pic, if I knew how to do that and it was OK. If Elgar is hosting the quiz ………..

    However it’s South Africa v Wales at HQ that day. I’ve mopped my tears away now after England’s demise.

    Have a great day.

    • Posted October 14, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      To post a picture it has to be available online – you can add it to Flickr, Photobucket or Facebook and add a link, or email it to me and I’ll upload it for you.

      This one is already uploaded:

  12. Khinjan
    Posted October 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Dave. I was limping around a bit that day but a few drinks took the pain away!

    I now have a new left hip; nice bit of titanium and ceramic. The toll of all those years playing rugby.

    If you are ever in East Northamptonshire do look us up, along with any other addicts who might like a tour around Oundle.

    Best wishes


  13. Khinjan
    Posted October 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Dave. Could you let me have your mail address? I’ve lost it.

  14. Micawber
    Posted October 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be there from lunchtime or mid-afternoon, depending on my progress in the competition. At least I have the day off work from the big building next to it.

    • gnomethang
      Posted October 15, 2015 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Like. And all of that. G’Luck!

  15. Tstrummer
    Posted October 16, 2015 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Can’t make it, very sadly, but will not miss the Bridge House.

  16. crypticsue
    Posted October 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    There’s a post on T4TT about tube closures tomorrow –

    “looking at the planned closures, you’re only scuppered if you’re coming into London via Liverpool Street. Northern Line from Euston/Kings Cross and Jubilee Line from Waterloo are both unaffected, as is Bakerloo Line from Paddington/Marylebone.”

    Fortunately I am taking the Northern Line from Kings Cross but I thought others might like this information in case they are not.

  17. Kitty
    Posted October 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m planning to poke my head through the door. Followed, I expect, by the rest of me :) .

  18. Florence
    Posted October 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Coming in to London. Will drop in soon for a swift half.

  19. Florence
    Posted October 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much BD and Crypticsue for being so welcoming. I didn’t really get the chance to say how much I appreciate the website. My husband enjoyed the convention too and has said that he will attempt a crossword. What more could I ask.

    • crypticsue
      Posted October 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      Nice to meet you and Weekend Wanda too – I like putting faces to names. Hope to see you all at the January Birthday Celebrations.

      • Florence
        Posted October 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

        Hope to be there. Enjoy tomorrow.