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Crossword Centenary

Crossword Centenary

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A message from John Halpern

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As I’m sure you are aware, 2013 is the Year of the Crossword, OUR centenary. I am setting myself up as a facilitator in creating a number of inspiring and fun crossword events to happen during the year. But I can’t do this alone.

The crossword industry deserves to be honoured. We provide so much entertainment to the world, and thus far with little to show for it. In December 2013, at a venue to be arranged, I shall be hosting the inaugural Crossword Awards. There will be a number of awards to present, and the great and the good of Crosswordland will be there.

Some or all of the following will appear. Do let me know if I have missed any!

‘Crossword of the Year’

‘Clue of the Year’

‘Telegraph Setter of the Year’

‘Times Setter of the Year (we’ll work out how to do this!)

‘Guardian Setter of the Year’

‘FT setter of the Year’

‘Independent Setter of the Year’

‘Setter of the Year’

‘US crossword setter of the Year’

‘US crossword of the Year’

‘Rest of the World puzzle of the Year’

‘Crossword Newspaper of the Year’

‘Amateur puzzle of the Year’

‘Barred puzzle of the Year’

I invite you all to vote on a monthly basis.  Then I can collate all these, put them together, and create a best of the best from which to vote. I shall then circulate the nominations to a number of top crossword sources, collate the results, and prepare for the award ceremony.

John Halpern

Aka Paul, Mudd, Dada, Punk

4 comments on “Crossword Centenary

  1. Hi John, so 100 years of crosswords, can you tell me which was the first crossword and who set it?

  2. Good luck with this venture John. You have opened up a whole new can of worms on this one as peoples’ opinions are so subjective based on so many criteria such as ease/difficulty of solving, like/dislike of anagrams: double definitions, surface reading etc etc…

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