Richard at the Listener Dinner 2014 (Cheltenham)
We’ve just heard that one of our Saturday setters, Richard Palmer, who was also Messinae in The Toughie series, passed away in hospital yesterday. Richard was a much respected and admired setter across the whole of the crossword world. He compiled over 200 puzzles for the Telegraph, many on a Saturday and they were always enjoyable and contained a nice touch of humour. He set barred puzzles for EV, IQ and Listener under the pseudonym Merlin and was very popular and successful in that part of the crossword world.
I am sure we all send our sympathies to his family and friends. RIP Richard.