|John Graham (1921-2013)|
At The Guardian, Simon Hoggart, Hugh Stevenson, David McKie, and Christopher Howse share their recollections and insights, and Alan Conner posted a selection of his favorite Araucaria clues.
Cinephile’s last FT puzzle, published this weekend was No. 14,484 (for the FT, not Graham: the British style [adopted by Frank Lewis at The Nation] is to give each puzzle a serial number). The obituary in the FT is by Colin Inman, and there’s also a comment by Christopher Caldwell linked: Caldwell is senior editor and columnist at the Weekly Standard, a newer (but no less worthy) conservative counterpart to The Nation, showing that crosswords are indeed something to undo the divisions that come up in the rest of our lives.
A virtual wake is being held at Fifteensquared should you wish to share your thoughts and condolences. Finally, a interview filmed in 2012 is posted below the fold, in which Araucaria shares thoughts on his craft.
So the weekend’s brunch menu starts with a tribute puzzle from the Guardian, No. 26,118. The creators sign their work at 24d. Even if you don’t normally try and solve British puzzles, give this one a go along with the rest of us.
The Wall Street Journal has a variety cryptic by Hex called “In the Shop.” Commenter Meg warns you to pay attention to the instructions. Hex’s straight cryptic is in the National Post as usual, blogged by Falcon.
So let’s have Reverend Graham have the last word...
Araucaria at the Guardian Open Weekend: May 2012
Want to hear more? Graham was the guest on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs in 2011. The archived recording is here.