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Introducing gizmo

Keen SAM cryptic crossworders will notice that, in this issue, Professor Gavin Brown is taking a break from compiling duties.

Our new tormentor – out of Machiavelli by the Spanish Inquisition – is deceptively known as gizmo (lower case “g”). More about gizmo who writes of himself: “BA Hons 2 ’69, majoring in History. Since then hippie handcrafts and other footling enterprises unworthy of consideration by gentlefolk; return to Sydney to study Education and Psychology, a hiatus-ridden career in Special Education, running our private college (Natural Therapies), setting up Naturopathy at UWS; academic editing, and property development in a minor sort of way. Developed an interest in cryptic crosswords during misspent days in the Union solving puzzles in the SMH (misspent, because the puzzles were so dreadful). Two firsts this year in the Times clue-writing challenge. Supply puzzles to online magazine for lawyers, Justinian. Previously to the magazine of the NSW Writers’ Centre and the Australian Crossword Club.” Meanwhile, pit your wits and see how you go: the prize is only a small part of the satisfaction, albeit a sumptuous and generous one.

Please send your completed crosswords to the Editor. A scanned crossword may be , if you prefer. Happy solving.