A satisfied solver writes...
"The Week crossword got me started with cryptics. A few years ago, I was quite happy if I only just managed a few clues. I now manage to complete the Week crossword on a fairly regular basis (be it at times with the e-sleight of hand of solving sites, when I really get stumped). Some of your clues are truly a thing of great beauty. There is something really special about this moment when the penny drops – and you get a rather arcane clue while at the same time having to admit it is also a fair one. The reason I am so happy and, really, unreasonably proud about being hooked on your grids is that I am… French. Solving this grid somehow gives me a sense of belonging, and makes English a more familiar territory. "
Solve those cryptic clues you thought you’d never crack
and learn the tricks of the crossword setter's trade under the
expert guidance of Tim Moorey.
Tim is a professional crossword setter with many years' experience
of adult teaching. He sets puzzles for a wide range of publications,
including The Sunday Times, The
Week, MoneyWeek, The
Sunday Telegraph, The Times (Listener),
and International Living magazine.
He is a Consultant for Chambers Dictionaries and
is the Cluru (Agony Uncle) for the Crossword
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced solver wanting to
improve your skills, you should enjoy one of Tim
emphasis is on having fun in a relaxed atmosphere and in the company
of like-minded people.
Most of the courses are residential, giving you the chance to
spend time with Tim, and enabling him to tailor his teaching to
your personal level of skill.
The courses are not competitive. Age is irrelevant.
In addition to his work as crossword setter, Tim Moorey continues to conduct twice monthly private and public workshops, including WI, Probus clubs, Pensioner groups, University of the Third Age, Townswomen Guilds, National Association of Women and Rotary clubs.
See the Workshops page for details of his next public workshops.
Colin Dexter (creator of Inspector Morse) and Tim Moorey presented a special crossword event at Farncombe Estate in Worcestershire in September 2011.
Recent radio interviews include Chris Evans Breakfast Show (BBC Radio 2), BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 5 Live
Tim Moorey's second book, The Times Guide to Cracking Cryptic Crosswords, is published by HarperCollins.
Whatever the title may suggest, this is a generic book, explaining how to solve the crossword in any daily or weekly newspaper.
Click the image above to order on Amazon.
Click below for information about specially commissioned puzzles. Email if you would like Tim Moorey to create one for you.
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for a 2-page PDF of
"I got your Times book [see below] about a year ago when I started doing crosswords and have now mostly got on top of (my wife’s) Daily Mail Prize Crossword. I recently subscribed to The Week, which I have finished once and usually only get ¾ without cheats. One day I’ll have a go at The Times, but I’m not ready yet!"
Browne, Times Crossword Editor:
One of the most helpful
'how to solve' books available
Peter Biddlecombe's Guide to Crossword
The current leader of the pack
if you just want a book to help you solve daily paper puzzles.
Tim gives regular solving courses
and has used his experience to produce
a very clear and thorough guide.
Most of the material applies
to other puzzles just as much as the one mentioned on the cover.
Brian Head, Editor, Crossword
(the magazine of the Crossword Club:
It does make a very satisfying
and contains many, many superb
There is so much inspiration
and imaginative innovation here
that it does in fact stand head
and shoulders above all the rest...
The perfect Christmas gift
for any experienced
or budding cruciverbalist
Workshops & Talks
See the Workshops
page for Tim Moorey's current
schedule of courses and talks.
The links page connects with other sites that may be of interest.
on the image below
to order your copy via Amazon.
Master the Times Crossword is published by HarperCollins
Downloadable Learning Resources
See the Tutorials
page for PDFs by Tim Moorey to
help you refine your solving skills.