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.Footnote
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