History & Memories
I was born in Lancashire, and I tell people that I kept moving South (showing either persistence or lack of imagination) until I reached the Channel and had to stop – which made a lot more sense when I lived on my boat in Brighton Marina, so I really did live in the Channel.
I’ve written more about my personal history and the start of my interest in setting crosswords in my blog – to read on, click here.
Few compilers can, like Boatman, regularly achieve a cryptic puzzle that leaves the solver genuinely satisfied with the time and effort expended.
Guardian Crossword Editor
Bonus Puzzles & More
I’ve collected some of my earlier puzzles for you to download, which were first published in 1 Across magazine, and a selection of entries to the 1 Across clueing competition, along with links to the infamous Referendum Day puzzle and solution. You can enjoy them all by clicking here. For other crossword-related news, click here, and for thoughts about my compiling process click here.
When Boatman appeared at the Guardian something really changed
Sil van den Hoek
Portrait © Bernadina Lloyd 2017