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Crossword Who's Who - G

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The pseudonym of Peter Willmot for crosswords in the Financial Times.


Colin Garside, a retired teacher, sets crosswords for the Financial Times (as Crux).


Gaufrid is the administrator of Fifteensquared, a blog providing daily commentary and analysis of the cryptic crosswords in The Independent, The Guardian, Observer, Financial Times and Private Eye.


Crosswords formerly appearing in The Guardian under the pseudonym of Gemini were produced jointly by Vincent McLachlan and Walter Reid, both teachers in Northern Ireland.

Gemini crosswords in the Guardian archive


A Display of Lights

Val Gilbert was the crossword editor of The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph from 1976 unti her retirement in 2006. She was succeed by Kate Fassett.

Val Gilbert has written and edited many books, including A Display of Lights (9): The Lives and Puzzles of the Telegraph's Six Greatest Cryptic Crossword Setters. Here she presents the life stories of six eminent setters of crosswords for the Daily Telegraph, together with an explanation of what makes their clues so fiendishly rewarding, and ends each chapter with a selection of their greatest puzzles. The setters included are: Leonard Dawe, Douglas Barnard, Alan Cash, Bert Danher, Ruth Crisp and Roger Squires.

Val Gilbert Retires - article in the Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2006.


As Hieroglyph, Huston Gilmore is a setter who has been published in the crossword magazine 1 Across and in The Independent.

As Zaphod, he also sets crosswords jointly with Dave Tilley.


The pseudonym of Don Manley for Toughie crosswords in The Daily Telegraph.


Terry Girdlestone, a technical officer, was winner of the Times Crossword Championship in 1984.


The pseudonym used by Geoff Oxley for crosswords in The Independent.


Glueball is a pseudonym used by Paul Bringloe for a crossword in The Independent in May 2012.


Hazel Goldman, one of the small number of female crossword setters, lives in Oxfordshire. As Adamant, she sets crosswords for the Financial Times.

A member of Brize Norton Women's Institute, she is a long-time compiler of puzzles for WI Home & Country. Several of her puzzles may be found at Woman's World, the website of The National Federation of Women's Institutes.


Goliath is the pseudonym of Samer Nashef for crosswords in the Financial Times.

Mark Goodliffe


Mark Goodliffe was born in Carshalton in 1965 and is a finance director. He is renowned both as a crossword setter and as a solver

He is co-editor of The Magpie, for which he also sets crosswords, using the pseudonym Mr Magoo. He has also set puzzles for The Listener, The Independent on Sunday, The Spectator and 1 Across.

As a solver, Mark has won the Times Crossword Championship ten times - in 1999 and then in every year from 2008 to 2017.

In the 2012 final he completed the three crosswords in 20 minutes - 10 minutes ahead of the runner-up.


The pseudonym of David Moseley for crosswords in The Guardian.

Gordius crosswords in the Guardian archive


The pseudonym of Tom Johnson for crosswords in the Financial Times.

John Graham


The Reverend John Galbraith Graham MBE (born 16 February 1921, died 26 November 2013) was a British crossword compiler, best known as Araucaria of The Guardian.

He grew up in Oxford, where his father was Dean of Oriel College, and read classics at King's College, Cambridge, until the war intervened. He joined the RAF, later returning to King's, this time to read theology, and was subsequently ordained, eventually becoming a vicar in Huntingdonshire.

His first puzzle for The Guardian appeared in July 1958. At that time setters were anonymous, but in December 1970 pseudonyms were introduced and Araucaria was born. He began compiling crosswords full-time in the late 1970s. Besides Araucaria's cryptic crosswords in The Guardian, for which he produced around six per month, he also set cryptic crosswords as Cinephile in the Financial Times, puzzles for the crossword magazine 1 Across, and personal crosswords by request.

He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2005 New Year's Honours, for services to the newspaper industry.

The Guardian Monkey Puzzles

John Graham obituary

Wikipedia entry for John Graham

The Monkey Puzzler, Guardian article 16 Feb 2001

The Guardian Monkey Puzzles

The Guardian Monkey Puzzles, Vol. 2


John Grant was born in Lancashire 29 October 1923 and died 16 July 2012, aged 88. He was crossword editor of The Times from 1983 to 1995, and continued to be active as a compiler into his eighties. He is credited with compiling some 700 Times crossword puzzles.

Times obituary for John Grant (subscription required)


Brian Greer was born in 1944 in Strabane, Ireland, and is now resident in Portland, Oregon.

He is a former crossword editor of The Times (1995-2000) and of The Independent (2005-2006).

He continues to set crosswords for The Guardian (as Brendan), and the Sunday Telegraph prize puzzle.

He has also set crosswords for The Times, The Independent (as Virgilius) and Toughie crosswords in The Daily Telegraph (as Jed).

Crossword setter, educational author and activist, Brian Greer, talks about crosswords, mathematics education and social responsibility.


Bob is a retired company director and commercial pilot living in Cardiff with his wife and two dogs.

He has been the sole setter of the well-respected Saga Magazine monthly prize cryptic crossword for nearly 20 years. He has also set the weekly themed crossword in The Jewish Chronicle for a roughly similar length of time.

Bob also sets crosswords for The New Statesman as Cullen and for The Spectator as Smurf.

Anthony GREY

The circumstances in which Anthony Grey became a crossword compiler are undoubtedly unique.

He was a Reuters correspondent in Peking in 1967, at the time of the Cultural Revolution. As a reprisal against a clampdown on Maoist sympathisers in Hong Kong, the Chinese authorities held Grey in solitary confinement in the basement of his house for over two years.

To occupy his time and to give himself a sense of purpose, Grey set himself the task of composing a crossword a day. In his own words, it was "something to help preserve my sanity".

Selected puzzles from his time in captivity were subsequently published in two books: Crosswords from Peking and Chinese Puzzles.

Wikipedia article about Anthony Grey


The pseudonym of C G Rishikesh - Rishi, for short - for crosswords in The Hindu, published from Chennai (that was Madras), India, since 2001.


The pseudonym of the late Ken Guy for crosswords in the Financial Times.


John Grimshaw sets crossword puzzles in The Times - and Times Quick Cryptic crosswords as Joker.

He also sets crosswords in The Listener series as Dimitry.


Using the pseudonym Shackleton, John Guiver has set crosswords in The Listener series and puzzles for The Magpie.

He is also one of the group of three setters - the other two being Roddy Forman and Steve Mann - who jointly set crosswords using the pseudonym of Mango.


Grumpy is the pseudonym used by Michael Curl for Times Quick Cryptic crosswords.


As Columba, Colin Gumbrell is a regular setter for The Spectator, and he has set puzzles for The Independent, The Listener series and the Enigmatic Variations series in the Sunday Telegraph. He also sets some of the Beelzebub puzzles in The Independent on Sunday.

As Antico, he sets crosswords for The Oldie.


The pseudonym of Niall MacSweeney for crosswords in the Financial Times.


Ken William Guy (28 March 28 1935 - 29 June 2002) was a regular compiler for the Birmingham Post and its sister paper, the Sunday Mercury providing each paper with a weekly puzzle for 21 years.

For many years he also compiled crosswords for The Guardian (as Mercury) and for the Financial Times (as Griffin).

Guardian obituary for Ken Guy, 27 July 2002


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