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What is it?

  • Many people do crosswords and puzzles just for fun and to occupy the odd bit of time, especially when waiting or travelling.  

  • But for others, this is a serious activity, which can even involve competitions.  Here there is some overlap with playing cards and other indoor games.

  • There is a very wide range of puzzle types that you can do, ranging from the traditional newspaper based crosswords and other word games, to mathematical and picture based puzzles.  

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Getting started

  • Find a local group or club or puzzle enthusiasts (see organisations above).

  • See if your local group runs introductory sessions.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of puzzles.

  • Check in your local library/paper for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Anyone can do crosswords and puzzles, whatever their age or sex, and the level of skill required can vary greatly. 

  • You can easily do crosswords and puzzles at home on your own, or when you are on your own travelling or waiting for things to happen.   

  • But some people enjoy the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a group of puzzle enthusiasts. This can be a local group, or one linked by mail or Internet contacts. 

Equipment or clothing
  • The essential requirement is the crossword or other puzzle to complete.  These are often available in ordinary newspapers and magazines.  

  • There are also many specially published books of puzzles.  Or, you can make up your own puzzles. 

A place or facilities
  • No special facilities are needed.  Groups are usually very informal and meet either at members homes or in a local hall or room.

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