Crossword Who's Who - S
A Cruciverbal Compendium
Allan Scott has set the Everyman crossword in the Observer since 1994. He also sets crosswords for The Times, The Spectator and for The Listener (as Ascot), the Financial Times (as Falcon) and Toughie crosswords in The Daily Telegraph (as Campbell).
SERPENTThe pseudonym of Jason Crampton for crosswords in The Independent, Inquisitor, Enigmatic Variations and The Magpie.
Setsquare was the pseudonym used by the late Raymond Dawson for barred crosswords in the New Statesman between 1952 and 2002.
Tony Sever, a computer systems designer and programmer, was winner of the Times Crossword Championship in 1981.
For solvers who enjoy the "Race the Clock" feature for the times2 puzzle online at the Times Crossword Club Tony has a blog called RTC3 - "Ruddy Times 2 Crossword, Recording Trials/Tribulations Contesting Race The Clock".
Neil Shepherd lives in the Czech Republic. He is an ardent Wagnerite, hence his pseudonyms, Alberich, used for the crosswords he sets for the Financial Times, and Klingsor, used for the crosswords he sets for The Independent.
Shuchi (Shuchismita Upadhyay, in full), a self-confessed IT geek in Bangalore, India runs the crossword blog Crossword Unclued, which offers many articles with solving tips, descriptions of clue types, analysis of clueing trends/patterns in publications and lots of crossword trivia.
She is also a regular blogger on the solving blog Fifteensquared.
The pseudonym of Eric Westbrook, creator of 3D crosswords.
A pseudonym used by Colin Eaglestone for crosswords in the Independent Magazine in the mid-1990s.
Robert (Bob) Smithies (4 April 1934 - 31 July 2006) was a photographer, journalist and crossword compiler. He was born in Middleton, near Rochdale, Lancashire.
His first cryptic crossword was accepted by The Guardian in 1966, and thereafter Smithies was a regular compiler for the newspaper, under the pseudonym Bunthorne, the name taken from the leading character in the Gilbert and Sullivan light opera Patience.
The American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim - renowned for works such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, etc - is an ardent crossword fan.
In 1968-1969 he compiled a series of cryptic crosswords for New York managazine. These puzzles were subsequently published in book form.
Soup is the pseudonym of Hamish Symington.
The pseudonym of Shirley O'Brien for crosswords in The Courier-Mail, in Queensland, Australia, from 1985 to 2008.
Roger Squires (born 22 February 1932, in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, England) is best known for being the world's most prolific crossword compiler.
In 1981 he joined The Guardian, the Times Educational Supplement and Financial Times and became the Birmingham Post crossword editor for 22 years. In 1986 he joined The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. He compiled for The Sun (1992-1998), The Times (1993-2005) and the Times Educational Supplement (1981-2006). He has set crosswords for virtually every British newspaper, under pseudonyms including Rufus, Dante, Icarus, Hodge and Bower.
Professor Hugh Stephenson, the crossword editor of The Guardian, has worked in newspaper, periodical and television journalism for over 30 years. He was the Head of the Department of Journalism at City University, London, from 1986 to 1997, and is now the Department's Emeritus Professor.
He writes a monthly Crossword Editor's Column on the Guardian Crosswords website.
He is the author of Secrets of the Setters: How to Solve the "Guardian" Crossword.
David Stickley is a leading setter of cryptic crosswords in Australia. Since 1998 he has been compiling a cryptic crossword - The Stickler - six days a week for the Sydney Daily Telegraph. As Styx, he also sets crosswords for the Financial Times.
For 5 years he co-edited and set up puzzles for the Australian Crossword Club. Some of Australia's top crossword setters are members and contribute crosswords, quizzes and relevant articles to the monthly magazine, Crozworld, which is sent to all members.
Though specialising in cryptic crosswords, David is equally at home compiling themed, conventional or novelty puzzles.
Leslie Stokes compiled crosswords for The Daily Telegraph from 1968 to 1990.
Alastair Sutherland, a doctor, was winner of the Times Crossword Championship in 1998.
John SYKESJohn Bradbury Sykes (1929-1993), physicist, lexicographer, and crossword solver, was born in Folkestone, Kent. After a brilliant university career, he started out as a theoretical physicist, became a gifted translator and went on to become an expert lexicographer with Oxford University Press - and achieved national fame as consistently the most successful competitor in the Times Crossword Championship.
He holds the record of having won the championship on ten occasions, between 1972 and 1990. He could almost certainly have won even more often, but he had an informal agreement with the Crossword Editor to skip the championship several times in order to give other solvers a chance.
There is an entry for John Sykes in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (available to subscribers or holders of a library card).
Hamish has lived in Cambridge since 1999, when he moved there to go to university. He subsequently became a freelance designer and software developer. He is starting a PhD in Plant Sciences at Cambridge in October 2017.
A pseudonym used by John Dawson.
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