We are made from each other   Leave a comment

It’s very rare that I think about what turned me from nobody into full-time setter. If it’s a question of “How did I get here?” then I already know the answer; it was a combination of enthusiasm and a lucky break to get me started. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 15, 2016 by Anax in Uncategorized

No Teacher!   1 comment

Before the Internet, cryptic crosswords inhabited an arcane and mysterious world populated by pedestal-mounted Latin scholars, and it’s fantastic that the old myths have been swept away. Contrary to those myths, we setters are actually a pretty normal bunch of gals and guys. Only a small percentage of us have beards; I’m almost certain none of the gals do. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 20, 2016 by Anax in Uncategorized

Music   1 comment

If it’s not crosswords it’s music, and there are just a couple of weeks to go until I go to see Simple Plan at the O2 Ritz in Manchester as part of their ‘Taking One For The Team’ tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted February 29, 2016 by Anax in Uncategorized

It doesn’t matter   8 comments

Given half an hour to really put my mind to it I’m sure I could think of areas of interest even more insignificant than crosswords, and I’ll bet all three have their dedicated online forums. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 21, 2016 by Anax in Uncategorized

I am still here, by the way!   4 comments

Yes, I’ve been quiet. Busy setting, mostly, but there’s another project on the go – it may come to nothing, but I’m giving it a go. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 16, 2015 by Anax in Uncategorized

On we go   6 comments

In good and bad ways it’s been a busy couple of months. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 16, 2015 by Anax in Uncategorized

Best of luck goes incognito   11 comments

Because it was a prize puzzle, live until today, I spent last week in a fever of impatience, desperate to start writing about one of the nicest and strangest of clue-writing experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 17, 2015 by Anax in Uncategorized