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Waterstones Brighton 19 January 2017

I’ll be at Waterstones in Brighton from 7 pm on Thursday 19 January with John Halpern (Paul in the Guardian readers, Mudd in the Financial Times, Punk in the Independent and one of the panel of setters for the Times) and Hugh Stephenson (Guardian Crossword Editor) to talk about the art of crossword compiling and to sign copies of my book.
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If you can do a crossword puzzle, you can write a sonnet.

Welcome

 

I’ve had a lot of fun compiling cryptic crossword puzzles since 2001, first for 1 Across magazine and since 2008 for the Guardian. I hope you’ve enjoyed solving them, and will enjoy discovering more. I like to hear from my victims, so do keep in touch ...

 Garrison Keillor

People saying nice things about Boatman

What an absolute cracker of a puzzle … filled with gentle humour

One of the best crosswords this year so far

A rich tapestry of delightful clues. One of the best puzzles I have had

   the privilege to blog … a tour de force

This is why people like crosswords! Boatman is in a class of his own

Boatman's puzzles ... inhabit their own world and even if I'm stumped

   by the odd clue, I could merrily sit staring at his puzzles every day

Brilliant &Lits

This is the way a theme should be done

A really lovely puzzle—what initially looks like a manual on how to

   build an alien spacecraft turns out to be deceptively simple

When Boatman appeared something really changed

Shows his mastery of the multiple definition

Elegance personified

Totally brilliant

Delicious

A thing of beauty … Boatman has pushed the edge of the envelope so far,

  it isn't even an envelope any more, it's just a blank sheet of paper

Luminous intelligence … never remotely frustrating

Slow-burners that ultimately leave you with a deep sense of satisfaction

Flawless as ever

Boatman is the B of my ABC of favourite setters

The hardest puzzle in this slot I can remember, and quite brilliant too

I think of Boatman as the Kandinsky of setting

There is only one god, and his name is Boatman

Fast becoming my favourite setter

Boatman now IS my favourite setter

Funny and audacious

Elegant

Fair clueing with a touch of humour

Crafty

Brilliant!

Clever and amusing

Wit and wisdom

Loved it!

An all-time favourite

High quality … ingenious

Wonderful  … made me laugh out loud

Giddying stuff … merrily exceeding the sum of its parts

The very creative Boatman

Perfect clue … makes one believe

   the word was coined to allow it

KPH (Netherlands)

GT (UK)

JC (Switzerland)

EM (UK)

SJ (UK)

AJ (USA)

JP (UK)

HB (UK)

Dr SW (UK)

Hugh Stephenson (the Guardian)

Tom Johnson (the Spectator)

Alan Connor (the Guardian)

ShuchiU (Crossword Unclued)

 

Mr Magoo

Martin R

BeeryHiker

 

Uncle Yap

SvdH

 

bingybong

JR

Mrpenney

 

aztobesed

SvdH

Briggg

IH

Smutchin

Lady W

 

Baerchen

Dirkybee

bingybing

Newnewname

SvdH

DavidinPenarth

bingybong

Briggg

Lowellander

BrigC

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Crossword Masterclasses

 

Intensive one-day classes to get you creating and appreciating crosswords, for aspiring setters and advanced solvers

 

Also advanced workshops for masterclass graduates

“A unique book of crosswords”

 

Hugh Stephenson

Guardian Crossword Editor

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Alan Connor’s Books Quiz

Waterstones 14 December

 

I’ll join Alan Connor at Waterstones in Brighton from 7 pm on Wednesday 14 December for a playful books quiz, where Alan will be signing copies of his highly acclaimed book, Joy of Quiz.