Crossword Who's Who - J
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The pseudonym of J A Caesar who originated the current series of themed cryptic crosswords in The Spectator. Between 1971 and 1981 he was the sole setter of the Spectator crossword and produced 520 puzzles.
Born in 1957 in Sheffield, Rob caught the crossword bug as a teenager from his father's weekly addiction to the Skeleton puzzle in the Sunday Express. Following a 25 year career in banking, Rob now lives in the Black Forest.
Eddie, who lives in Birmingham, started setting crosswords in the 1970s. He turned 'professional' after early retirement from BT in 1995.
The bulk of Eddie's crosswords are published in specialist magazines. With his wife, Jo, he contributes to, among others, Artists & Illustrators, BBC History magazine, BBC Countryfile, BBC Gardens Illustrated, Countryman, Geographical and What Investment. He also has puzzles on the Web, on the Chambers site and Music Room (classic alternating with pop).
Derek and Elizabeth JEWELL
Derek Jewell and his wife Elizabeth edited nine books of Sunday Times crosswords published by Penguin in the 1970s and 1980s.
Derek Jewell was better known as the music critic of The Sunday Times and as the presenter of Sounds Interesting on BBC Radio 3. He was also the author of several books about popular music.
Tom Johnson, a retired teacher, has compiled crosswords for The Spectator under the pseudonym Doc since July 1981 and has edited The Spectator crossword since January 1999. He has also edited Araucaria's 1 Across magazine since early 2000.Tom compiles puzzles as Anorak in the New Statesman magazine, Didymus in Prospect magazine, Maskarade in The Guardian, Gozo in the Financial Times and Busman in the Toughie series in The Daily Telegraph.
He also sets cricket-themed puzzles for Wisden Cricket Monthly. Over the years has compiled puzzles for about a dozen puzzle magazines, and has compiled puzzles for every issue of the Puzzler magazine, reaching his 2000th puzzle in the January 2009 issue.
Tom is also interested in public transport and is the author of Malta Bus Handbook: Buses of Malta and Gozo
Melville Jones was a classics master at St Paul's school. He started compiling crosswords for The Daily Telegraph in the late 1920s and continued until the mid-1950s.
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