M. Crosaire was kind enough to send us a personal message soon after his 92nd birthday on Nov 12, 2009. He really appreciated the collection of birthday greetings we sent off to him ...
Read Derek's birthday post ...
I work on Crosaire's puzzle every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. I post my solution here as soon as I am done (after verifying my work!) along with a commentary giving the rationale behind each of the answers, and asking for clarification on clues that I don't understand.
Comments are greatly appreciated!
M. Crosaire observes a well-deserved day of rest on a Sunday ... but we don't. Try solving Bill's original WEB Crosswords, posted every Sunday. Enjoy!
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The name's William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, and am now living out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm retired, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world.
I answer all emails, so please feel free to email me.
I learned to do Crosaire crosswords the hard way, by buying many, many copies of The Irish Times when I was a teenager, often just for the crossword! In those days there were lots of clues that I couldn’t solve. I was very careful to hang on to my unfinished crosswords until the next day when the answers were published, and I would try to use the answers to figure out the meaning of the clues that had eluded me.
Derek Crozier was very unique in the world of crossword compilers, in that he alone was the man behind The Irish Times Crosaire crossword for over 60 years. With such a long and distinguished pedigree, Mr. Crozier produced perhaps the last of the “old-style” cryptic crosswords published in the mainstream media.
The very first Irish Times Crossword was published on Saturday, March 13, 1943. The grid was drawn and numbered by hand, and of course the clues themselves were typeset manually. This first crossword was then followed one week later by the second puzzle, becoming a weekly feature every Saturday. There was no mention of the name of the crossword compiler until Saturday, April 3, 1943, when Irish Times Crossword No. 4 introduced Crosaire to his public.
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I worked on my first crossword puzzle when I was about 6-years-old, sitting on my Dad's knee. He let me "help" him with his puzzle almost everyday as I was growing up. Over the years, Dad passed on to me his addiction to crosswords. Now in my early 50s, I work on my Crosaire and New York Times puzzles every day. I'm no longer sitting on my Dad's knee, but I feel that he is there with me, looking over my shoulder.
This blog is dedicated to my Dad, who passed away in January 2009, and to the great Derek Crozier who passed away in April 2010.