Crossword Who's Who - G
A Cruciverbal Compendium
Val Gilbert has written and edited many books, including A Display of Lights (9): The Lives and Puzzles of the Telegraph's Six Greatest Cryptic Crossword Setters. Here she presents the life stories of six eminent setters of crosswords for the Daily Telegraph, together with an explanation of what makes their clues so fiendishly rewarding, and ends each chapter with a selection of their greatest puzzles. The setters included are: Leonard Dawe, Douglas Barnard, Alan Cash, Bert Danher, Ruth Crisp and Roger Squires.
Val Gilbert Retires - article in the Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2006.
Terry Girdlestone, a technical officer, was winner of the Times Crossword Championship in 1984.
A member of Brize Norton Women's Institute, she is a long-time compiler of puzzles for WI Home & Country. Several of her puzzles may be found at Woman's World, the website of The National Federation of Women's Institutes.
Mark Goodliffe was born in Carshalton in 1965 and is a finance director. He is renowned both as a crossword setter and as a solver
As a solver, Mark has won the Times Crossword Championship nine times - in 1999 and then in every year from 2008 to 2015.
In the 2012 final he completed the three crosswords in 20 minutes - 10 minutes ahead of the runner-up.
He grew up in Oxford, where his father was Dean of Oriel College, and read classics at King's College, Cambridge, until the war intervened. He joined the RAF, later returning to King's, this time to read theology, and was subsequently ordained, eventually becoming a vicar in Huntingdonshire.
His first puzzle for The Guardian appeared in July 1958. At that time setters were anonymous, but in December 1970 pseudonyms were introduced and Araucaria was born. He began compiling crosswords full-time in the late 1970s. Besides Araucaria's cryptic crosswords in The Guardian, for which he produced around six per month, he also set cryptic crosswords as Cinephile in the Financial Times, puzzles for the crossword magazine 1 Across, and personal crosswords by request.
He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2005 New Year's Honours, for services to the newspaper industry.
John Grant was born in Lancashire 29 October 1923 and died 16 July 2012, aged 88. He was crossword editor of The Times from 1983 to 1995, and continued to be active as a compiler into his eighties. He is credited with compiling some 700 Times crossword puzzles.
Brian Greer was born in 1944 in Strabane, Ireland, and is now resident in Portland, Oregon.The Times, The Independent (as Virgilius) and Toughie crosswords in The Daily Telegraph (as Jed).
Crossword setter, educational author and activist, Brian Greer, talks about crosswords, mathematics education and social responsibility.
The circumstances in which Anthony Grey became a crossword compiler are undoubtedly unique.
He was a Reuters correspondent in Peking in 1967, at the time of the Cultural Revolution. As a reprisal against a clampdown on Maoist sympathisers in Hong Kong, the Chinese authorities held Grey in solitary confinement in the basement of his house for over two years.
To occupy his time and to give himself a sense of purpose, Grey set himself the task of composing a crossword a day. In his own words, it was "something to help preserve my sanity".
Selected puzzles from his time in captivity were subsequently published in two books: Crosswords from Peking and Chinese Puzzles.
The pseudonym of C G Rishikesh - Rishi, for short - for crosswords in The Hindu, published from Chennai (that was Madras), India, since 2001.
As Columba, Colin Gumbrell is a regular setter for The Spectator, and he has set puzzles for The Independent, The Listener series and the Enigmatic Variations series in the Sunday Telegraph. He also sets some of the Beelzebub puzzles in The Independent on Sunday.
As Antico, he sets crosswords for The Oldie.
Ken William Guy (28 March 28 1935 - 29 June 2002) was a regular compiler for the Birmingham Post and its sister paper, the Sunday Mercury providing each paper with a weekly puzzle for 21 years.
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