Crossword Who's Who - L
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Mike Laws was born on 28 September 1946. He died on 19 May 2011, at the age of 64.
From the mid-1970s until his death, he was a very familiar figure on the crossword scene. At various times he set puzzles under a variety of pseudonyms or anonymously for several publications, including: The Times; The Daily Telegraph; The Guardian (as Fawley); the Financial Times (as Darcy); The Independent (as Yorick); The Sunday Telegraph (Fawley); and the Weekend Australian.Mephisto crosswords in the Sunday Times.
He was crossword editor for The Times from 2000 to 2002.
James Leonard was born at Barnstaple on May 12 1940, the eldest of three children of a judge, and educated at Eton. He read Mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford, where he showed himself skilled in tennis and rackets. From 1964 until his retirement in 1989 he worked as a broker and underwriter for Lloyd’s. Later he acted as an expert court witness, advising businesses on insurance and reinsurance.
A highly talented embroiderer and upholsterer, Leonard was also a passionate ornithologist.
Antony Lewis is the author and developer of the Crossword Compiler software package for crossword construction.
Details of the software can be found on his website Crossword Compiler.
Loda is the pseudonym of Geoffrey Loder for cryptics in The Independent's Inquisitor series, the Sunday Telegraph's Enigmatic Variations series, The Listener series in The Times, and for The Crossword Club.
Geoffrey Loder was born in Egham, Surrey, in 1947, and now lives in rural Oxfordshire.
As Loda (or, alternatively, LODgER) he sets cryptics in The Independent's Inquisitor series, the Sunday Telegraph's Enigmatic Variations series, The Listener series in The Times, and for The Crossword Club.
Geoff's interests include the stock market, sport and films - all of which have provided inspiration for many of his crosswords.
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