Crossword Who's Who - R
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Radix is the pseudonym used by Roddy Forman for crosswords in The Listener series, the Enigmatic Variations series in the Sunday Telegraph, the Inquisitor series in The Independent, and puzzles for The Magpie.
Raich is the pseudonym used by Niall MacSweeney for crosswords in The Independent, The Listener, the Enigmatic Variations series in the Sunday Telegraph, and the Inquisitor series in The Independent, and elsewhere.
Rasputin is a setter of crosswords in the Inquisitor series in The Independent.
Walter Reid was a setter of crosswords for The Guardian, in conjunction with Vincent McLachlan. Both men were teachers in Northern Ireland, and the puzzles on which they collaborated were published under the pseudonym of Gemini.
From 1984 until his sudden death in 2002, he was co-editor of the Listener crossword. He also set puzzles for The Independent, the Sunday Telegraph, and The Times, and was the organiser of the Times Crossword Championship for many years.
He was educated at Christ's Hospital, Horsham (where one of his masters was Derrick Macnutt, better known to crossword aficionados as Ximenes) - and at University College, Oxford. For most of his working life, he was a financial adviser, living in Ripon, North Yorkshire. He was a keen cricketer and charity worker, and was also well known in bridge circles, representing Great Britain in the European pairs chanpionship.
C G RISHIKESH
C G Rishikesh sets crosswords under the pseudonym Gridman for The Hindu, published from Chennai, India.
As Rishi, he has blogged on Fifteensquared and Big Dave's Crossword Blog. As Chaturvasi on social networking communities on crosswords published in India, he explains clues that baffle beginners and writes on different aspects of the wordgame.
A former journalist, he was born in 1943 and lives in Chennai.
Alistair Ferguson RITCHIE
Alistair Ferguson Ritchie (1890-1954) was headmaster of Wells Cathedral School. As a crossword compiler, using the pseudonym Afrit, he set puzzles for The Sketch and The Listener. For The Listener he compiled 127 crosswords from 1932 to 1948. These were usually impossibly difficult, often securing no correct entries. Later he composed easier puzzles for The Sphere.
Armchair Crosswords, a collection of 40 of his easier puzzles, which was published in 1949, is considered a classic in the crossword world. A new edition of this book was published in 2009 by Rendezvous Press, in conjunction with Derek Harrison of the Crossword Centre.
Alec Robins, born 7 September 1917, was Head of Classics at a girls' grammar school near Manchester. He died 28 June 1998.
For many years he was one of the leading crossword setters in the UK, setting puzzles at all levels of difficulty. He set crosswords for The Guardian (as Custos) and for The Listener (as Zander). He was also one of the setters of the Everyman crossword in The Observer, a task he shared with Dorothy Taylor).
He was also the author of Teach Yourself Crosswords (Hodder & Stoughton, 1975), which for a generation was the standard work on the subject.
Eric Rodick, a civilian tutor at the Police College, Bramshill, was winner of the Times Crossword Championship in 1978.
Richard Rogan was born in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, in 1961. Educated at the universities of Reading, Nantes, and Lancaster, he has worked first as a linguist and later as an IT specialist and consultant.
In February 2014 he succeeded Richard Browne as The Times crossword editor.
His first puzzle appeared in July 2012.
Rufus crosswords are regarded as being at the easy end of the cryptic spectrum and are usually published on Mondays to provide an easy start to the week.
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