History & Memories
I was born in Lancashire, and I tell people that I kept moving South (showing either persistence or lack of imagination) until I reached the Channel and had to stop – which made a lot more sense when I lived on my boat in Brighton Marina, so I really did live in the Channel.
I’ve written more about my personal history and the start of my interest in setting crosswords in my blog – to read on, click here.
Few compilers can, like Boatman, regularly achieve a cryptic puzzle that leaves the solver genuinely satisfied with the time and effort expended.
Guardian Crossword Editor
Bonus Clues & Puzzles
I’ve collected some of my earlier puzzles for you to download, which were first published in 1 Across magazine, and a selection of entries to the 1 Across clueing competition, along with links to the infamous Referendum Day puzzle and solution. You can enjoy them all by clicking here.
When Boatman appeared at the Guardian something really changed
Sil van den Hoek
Portrait © Bernadina Lloyd 2017