Adventures in puzzle-land: Sharpen your wits with Alex Bellos, the Guardian’s puzzle expert

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In a world that can be overloaded with upsetting or relentless information, puzzles have long provided a haven for those wishing to escape for a few months. They are also excellent tools for challenging ourselves, and they have been associated with healthier long-term memory.

So, put aside your inhibitions and join in with this fun workshop with Alex Bellos, the Guardian’s puzzle setter of 7 years. During the class you will participate in a series of challenges - some that last about 30 seconds and others that can take up to 10 minutes - and while you do, watch as your understanding of logical thinking, spatial understanding, psychology, probability and languages grows.

Prepare to be pleasantly perplexed and consistently surprised!

This course is for …

  • Anyone who enjoys puzzles and keeping their brains active

  • Anyone looking to better understand how puzzles work

Course content

  • Maths and logic puzzles

  • Word and languages puzzles

  • Q&A

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6.30pm (BST).

For a little entertainment ahead of Alex’s class, you may enjoy his recent video post asking Google Assistant what’s the factorial of 100?

Tutor profile

Alex Bellos has had many jobs at the Guardian over the last three decades: originally a staff reporter, he later became the South America correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2015 he has written a fortnightly puzzle column for the Guardian, which receives almost 3m views a year. He is the author of several bestselling maths and puzzle books, including Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, Can You Save My Problems? and the Language Lover’s Puzzle Book. He has a degree in maths and philosophy from Oxford and is the inventor of elliptical pool.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6.30pm (BST).


Date: Thursday 21 April 2022
6.30pm-8.30pm (BST)
Price: £49 (plus £2.66 booking fee)

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

6.30pm BST | 7.30pm CEST | 10.30am PDT | 1.30pm EDT

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