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 BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 5 Live
Click below for a PDF featuring a specially commissioned puzzle to celebrate the wedding of Hen and William. Email if you would like Tim Moorey to create a special puzzle for you.
Another satisfied customer wrote: "The crossword was a great success! I arranged for a copy of it to be put into my father’s morning newspaper, in the hope that he wouldn’t realise it was for him, and it worked a treat. It took him quite a few clues before he started to understand. My father was absolutely thrilled with the present (and so were we) and it all worked out beautifully so I can’t thank you enough."
Click the image below
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.