Crossword Who's Who - W
A Cruciverbal Compendium
As Linxit, Andy Wallace started blogging on Times for the Times in 2006, taking over from Peter Biddlecombe for a month when it was still a one-man show. When it became a team effort he took over the Saturday spot, and has blogged every one since. At the end of 2010 he took over the running of the blog when Peter became Sunday Times crossword editor.
In August 2011 he became the inaugural All-England 3D Crossword Champion.
Mike Warburton sets crosswords for the Financial Times (as Aardvark), for The Independent (as Scorpion), and Toughie crosswords in The Daily Telegraph (as Osmosis). He is also a setter of cryptic crosswords for The Times
Michael Wareham, a school headmaster, was winner of the Times Crossword Championship in 1986.
Eric Westbrook is a crossword setter, using the pseudonym Sirius, who is particularly involved in the development of 3D crosswords, and in the development of crossword software for vision-impaired and blind solvers.
Eric was a deputy-head teacher when his sight started to deteriorate. He was forced to give up teaching and turned to puzzle setting to occupy his mind.
Eric Westbook's website: 3D Calendar Puzzles
The late Richard Whitelegg was born in Sale, Cheshire, in 1943 He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and at Clare College, Cambridge, where he read classics. After university he joined the industrial firm of Courtaulds, eventually taking early retirement in the late 1980s. During these years he appeared twice in 1960 (as Albipedius) in the Listener crossword column; but his main contributions, assuming the mask of Mephisto, were weekly puzzles for the Sunday Times, many of them sent from South Africa.
He later set cryptic puzzles for Today (six days a week) and the Daily Express (five days a week); and, in addition, a weekly Jumbo for the Daily Star, not forgetting numerous "Quicky" crosswords and Target Word puzzles throughout the year.
Richard Whitelegg died in 1995
Peter is back home in Manchester after sailing round the world with his wife Dorothy. When not playing with their grandchildren, they now travel widely in a 20 year old campervan with their two Springer Spaniels.
Arthur Wynne, an immigrant from Liverpool, was editor of the fun section of the New York World. On 21 December 1913 he published the first officially recognised crossword puzzle. This first incarnation was actually called a 'word-cross' - the name was later changed to 'cross-word' and finally to the modern 'crossword'.
The earliest grids were not rectangular but diamond-shaped, with words filled in vertically and horizontally but no blacked-out squares. A list of clues was provided and one word in the grid filled in to get the solver started. Although the formula was an immediate success for the New York World, no other daily ran a crossword until the mid-1920s.
See The World's First Crossword on this site.
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