Crossword Who's Who - H
A Cruciverbal Compendium
Barbara Hall is the former crossword editor of The Sunday Times and she set the puzzles for that paper for over 35 years. She retired at the end of 2010, at the age of 87, and was succeeded by Peter Biddlecombe.
She was born in Derby in 1923 and had her first puzzle published in 1938, when she was fifteen, in what was then the Evening News. She has been a prolific compiler ever since.
For fifteen years she lived in Zambia, and compiled puzzles for the African Mail, Central African Examiner, Broken Hill Observer and Gemini Commonwealth News Services.
She was awarded the Order of the British Empire, MBE in 2007 for services to the Newspaper Industry.
John Halpern compiles three or four puzzles a month for The Guardian (as Paul), two or three for the Financial Times (currently as Mudd, formerly as Bats), one or two for The Independent (as Punk), and two a month for The Times. As Dada, he sets Toughie crosswords in The Daily Telegraph.
He also writes a third of the quick crosswords in The Guardian, and the occasional Guardian Genius puzzle (available online).
For the Puzzler Media Group, John has edited several crossword magazines, including Q Crossword Selection.
Paul Crosswords - a book in the Guardian Cryptic Setters series
Hannah is a crossword setter in The Independent whose debut puzzle appeared in January 2016.
Derek Harrison runs The Crossword Centre, a site that provides a wealth of information about advanced cryptic crosswords.
The site has a popular message board. For Crossword Centre members Derek publishes a monthly prize puzzle. There is also a monthly clue-writing competition judged by the members.
Guy Haslam, then editor of The Puzzler magazine, was winner of the Times Crossword Championship in 1992.
He was 29 at the time, and holds the record as the youngest Times Crossword Champion.
She taught Russian at Manchester University from 1979 to 1997 and wrote a boring book on 18th-century Russian shipbuilding terminology, A Study of English Nautical Loanwords in the Russian Language of the Eighteenth Century.
In October 2011 at the Chester Marathon Sarah knocked a full 20 minutes off the Guinness World Record for Running a Marathon Dressed as a Bottle (Female).
Sarah started setting crosswords in 1996 and her first puzzle was published in the Independent Saturday Magazine.
Hazard is a setter of Quiptic crosswords on The Guardian website.
Brian Head, a former schoolteacher, founded The Crossword Club in 1978, and edits Crossword, the monthly club magazine.
George Heard, an expat Australian, now a Professor of Chemistry in North Carolina, is the author of the entertaining crossword blog George versus the Listener Crossword. He is also a regular blogger of Times crosswords at Times for the Times.
John Henderson, who was born in 1963 and grew up in Cornwall, has been setting puzzles ever since he can remember. He had his first crossword published in The Guardian in 1979, when he was fifteen.
He studied Psychology (with Maths and Linguistics) at the Universities of Hertfordshire, Aberdeen and East London, and subsequently held posts as Senior Lecturer, Senior Examiner and writer in A Level (and undergraduate) Psychology. On his 40th birthday he made the decision to make his main job his sideline, and his sideline his main job, and has been freelancing in crosswords and proof-reading ever since.
He has also been setting pub and league quizzes since 1987.
As a solver, John won the Times Crossword Championship in 1996, and hold the record for the fastest solution of a Times Championship puzzle, 2mins, 53secs. He competed in the Championship for the last time in 2010, after which he became a regular member of the Times crossword-setting team.
John is also Crossword Editor of the Inquisitor crossword.
On July 23rd 2010 he married Jane Teather (who, as Jetdoc, is well known as a crossword blogger at Fifteensquared). On their wedding day John's puzzles appeared in each of the Guardian, Times, Independent, FT and Telegraph Toughie (and on the following day in the Inquisitor), all with an overt or covert wedding slant.
Paul Henderson was born in Darlington in 1959. He is currently living in New Zealand, where he is employed by the Ministry of Justice.
Under his own name, he also sets crosswords for the Church Times and for the BBC Music Magazine.
Dave Hennings is the creator and administrator of The Crossword Database, a website that provides a searchable database of puzzle information for aficionados of The Listener, Enigmatic Variations, Inquisitor and Magpie crosswords. Although its primary use is to help setters identify whether particular puzzle themes have been used before, Dave hopes that all solvers will find the site entertaining. Listener puzzles go back to 1991, the others not quite as far (yet).
He also runs the Listen with Others website, which he took over from Chris Lancaster in 2009. This is a site where any solver can post a blog of their tussles with the Listener puzzle, as often or as infrequently as they wish. Occasionally, setters will also provide blogs of the development process behind one of their crosswords.
Bob Hesketh (1952-2015) was a setter of crossword puzzles in The Times.
Hob is a setter of cryptic crosswords in The Independent.
Michael Holmans was born in 1958, and has been an IT professional since 1980.
Under his own name, he also sets one in three Sunday Times cryptic crosswords (as of January 2016), and contributes to The Church Times.
David Howell was winner of the Times Crossword Championship in 1997.
He has competed in 16 finals and been runner-up four times - in 1989 (to John Sykes), 1998, 2006 and in 2007 by a margin of 9 seconds.
Born in Nantwich, Cheshire, in 1953, he is a retired maths teacher and now likes in Ilkley, Yorkshire.
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