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

All of it   Leave a comment

My first job after leaving school was with a graphic design company in Manchester. The pay was too low for me to afford public transport, so I cycled there and back. No great hardship, of course, but it meant I didn’t have the luxury of tackling a crossword during the commute. To be honest, buying the paper would have been an extravagance on my wage. Occasionally, though, I called in at the newsagent across the road and picked up The Guardian so I could at least have a crack during lunch. My time at the company was short, but it saw me go from ‘crossword clueless’ to ‘a bit flash’; it also told me I would be a cryptic setter and that The Guardian’s inventiveness was my model and my place to start. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 4, 2015 by Anax in Uncategorized

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