Taking The Plunge   Leave a comment

Memories can be triggered by the unlikeliest of things, and so it was this weekend after our annual (actually just the second) Sloggers and Betters meeting in Macclesfield. Last year’s event was a great success, especially because of the musical entertainment on Friday evening, but Saturday felt a little anticlimactic. I was entirely sure why – the typical S&B format of small groups sitting at pub tables, chatting and solving crosswords has never left me feeling that something more was needed. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 10, 2017 by Anax in Uncategorized

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