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was an idiosyncratic crossword setter who, under the pseudonym Crosaire, ran the Irish Times cryptic crossword singlehandedly for almost 70 years. He died in April 2010
at the age of 92, having compiled over 14000 daily crosswords. The last puzzle completed before his death, number 14605, runs in today's Irish Times
The Crosaire crossword was known for its unorthodox approach
to clue-setting, set apart from the traditional principles of Ximenes
. Crozier claimed never to have solved a crossword himself, and to delight in the frustration he could cause in others. Dedicated solvers would gradually get used to his brand of shorthand
[PDF] (cleaned up PDF
As blogger Antonia Hart asked, "what is going to happen when the Crosaire stockpile runs out?
". His successor was announced this week
as Roy Earle, who previously ran a Crosaire-focused blog
. He promises to continue much of Crozier's conventions, while gently adding a contemporary flavour.
Try a sample Crosaire crossword here, if you like.