Aka Rustic, Mr Lemon and Citrus
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James Leonard (right) at a Listener Dinner
It is with sadness that I have to let you know that James Leonard passed away this morning in Barnstaple Hospital in Devon after a short illness.
Many of you may not have known James but his contribution to crosswords is immense. James established and edited the Enigmatic Variations series in the Sunday Telegraph from its inception, well over 1000 puzzles. These challenging puzzles have been a delight throughout and have always been warmly received by solvers.
In that time, many of the setters that we know and love have contributed to the series indeed a considerable number were given their first break in that puzzle.
I met James several times at Listener Crossword dinners and he was a genial, larger than life character who often dispensed advice and wit in equal measure. His own puzzles were always remarkable and were both witty challenging. James also produced the Listener Crossword Who’s Who, a record and pen pictures of the setters of that august puzzle.
We have lost one of the driving forces behind crosswords this weekend, and we will be the poorer without his wisdom and presence. R I P.