Tom Johnson: Writing crosswords for The Financial Times, The Guardian & The Daily Telegraph

Season 2, Episode 7,   Jul 23, 2021, 05:00 AM

Tom Johnson left school in 1965 and spent his career as a teacher. However, he always had a passion for crosswords and decided to take the leap and work as a freelance crossword compiler and editor, something the still does and loves to this day!

Tom has compiled and edited crosswords for The Financial Times, The New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian amongst others, and recently had his first crossword in The Times. The Spectator also celebrated 50 years of its crossword recently - Tom has been involved for the last 40 of those.

In this conversation he talks about what he loves so much about his job, and the lifestyle it gives him. He also - very kindly (and patiently!) - runs through the format of Cryptic Crosswords and how to solve them, and gives a few examples... We'd love to hear how you get on with them!

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