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The new Times crossword editor
Congratulations to the new Times crossword editor designate, Richard Rogan. I've known Richard for a number of years, as he used to be a regular contender in the Times Crossword Championship - he came 6th in the 2000 final (the last before the six-year gap) - before switching to setting for The Times. Although I didn't know it then, I'd also come across him as the Listener crossword setter, Aragon, whose first puzzle - "A Commodius Vicus", based on Finnegans Wake - appeared at the end of 1995. I'm not sure when his first Times crossword appeared, but one of his puzzles has been used at most, if not all, Championships in recent years. And he's been there in person. Unfortunately he's one of those people (mentioned here) whom I almost invariably fail to recognise, but perhaps the added visibility that his position as editor will give him at future Championships will change all that (particularly if they provide him with a badge :-).

There have been a number of occasions in recent years when I've enquired about a puzzle or clue I've particularly liked, and it's interesting how many of them have turned out to be Richard's. So IMO whoever picked him as the next Times crossword editor made an excellent choice, and I hope you'll join me in wishing him all the best for a long and successful tenure.

The TftT blog entry advertising the Cruciverbalists’ Centenary Convention this coming Saturday (21 December) seems to have vanished, but you can find all about this event here on Big Dave's Crossword Blog. Assuming nothing untoward happens, I'll be there between 1 and 5 p.m. Abyssinia?

Current Location: Ealing
Current Mood: congratulatory

From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you Tony for your good wishes.
I'll see what I can do about the badges :-)

By the way, my first Times puzzle was, as far as I can remember, a Jumbo on the May Day Bank Holiday in 2003.

From: (Anonymous) Date: February 5th, 2014 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Aspiring setter

Dear Tony,

I have enjoyed the Times Crossword for years, and increasingly take pleasure from setting clues. I think my clues are of the sort of standard and style (and sufficiently ximenean) that Times aficionados appreciate, and I would like to send a crossword or two to Richard Rogan to see if he agrees. Would you have any advice on how to get in touch with him? The Times itself is not much help (and I live in Nepal, so what I'm hunting for is an email address).

If you might be able to help, or would like to test my assertion about my puzzles, I would be so grateful if you could get in touch. Many thanks indeed, and best regards,


Simon Boas
scboas [at] gmail [dot] com
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