Times Crossword Championship 2011

Me again, confirming the location, which competitors should hear about again when they receive their finals details in about 10 days.

Date: Saturday 22 October – presumably with the usual timetable starting off with registration for Prelim 1 from 10 a.m., and 1-hour competition periods starting at 11, 1 and 3.
Location: 3 Thomas More Square [offices of Times and Sunday Times], London E1W 1WY (best postcode for use with Google Maps, not for letters to either paper).
Access is easiest from Thomas More St.  Nearest tube Tower Hill (District/Cricle), though Aldgate and Aldgate East are not much further.  Tower Gateway (DLR) and Fenchurch St. stations are also at a similar distance.

I won’t be competing, so there’s one more space available in the Grand Final.  Make that two, now that John Henderson is on the Times setting team.

Peter Biddlecombe
Sunday Times Puzzles Editor

6 comments on “Times Crossword Championship 2011”

  1. I WILL be competing, so I guess that’s another place available in the Grand Final.
  2. Not exactly “central London”! Let’s hope that that part of the District Line is running that weekend.
    1. According to the TfL planned works calendar, there is no Circle line service that weekend, but there is a District Line service except for the Earls Court – Edgware Road section.

      The effect is that if you’re arriving at Euston, King’s X or Liverpool Street, you’re probably best off going to Aldgate East (Metropolitan line) instead of taking a complicated route to Tower Hill.

      Other possible surprise for occasional visitors to London: Tottenham Court Road is only a Central line station until November – Northern Line trains are not stopping there. On the Championship weekend, there’s no service between Baker St and Hammersmith on the Hammersmith & City Line.

      Don’t rely on second hand gossip though – check the TfL website in the week before.

  3. I was wondering what the situ was concerning unsubscribed individuals. I’ve missed the last couple of championships and now it is located in London, it doesn’t seem so unreachable. I suppose i would be considered as a spectator and have to hustle for spare blanks after the heats get under way
    1. I don’t know whether non-competitors have been able to get hold of spare copies during the preliminaries, or have had to wait until the end. For the last few years, spectators have only been able to watch the competitors during the final, not during the prelims.

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