New Telegraph Puzzles Editor
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Some of you may have already heard that Phil McNeill is retiring as the Telegraph Puzzles Editor at the end of January 2018. Phil took over from Kate Fassett just a few weeks before I started the Blog back in January 2009. He has said that whenever he gets an email from Gazza, Crypticsue or myself in the morning his first reaction is “What has gone wrong now?” – usually it’s a problem with the online site or an inconsistency between that site and the newspaper. He has handled the job with enthusiasm and dedication, but the time has come to hand over the reins to a new editor. I’m sure you will join me in wishing him a happy, and peaceful, retirement.
His replacement has just been announced and it’s someone you already know, as Samuel and Mister Ron! Congratulations to Chris Lancaster, who will be the new editor from February 2018. I am hoping that he will be able to join us at January’s Birthday Bash – I’ve already tempted him with the offer of cake from the lovely Crypticsue!
I took this photo of Chris (left) at the Listener Dinner in 2014
(on the right are Chalicea and her husband Charles)
…and here is the new streamlined version of our new editor