Last March, we reported the loss of Sir Paul's "famous cousin", crossword puzzle writer Bert Danher. (see March 14) Yesterday Sir Paul honored the memory of his cousin by sponsoring a memorial crossword puzzle competition held simultaneously in Liverpool and in the Great Western Suite of the Paddington Hilton in London.
The 36 contestants in London and the 32 in Liverpool gathered to solve the 1,000th crossword compiled for the Daily Telegraph by veteran setter Ruth Crisp. In London 30 minutes and 24 seconds into the competition, Brian
Murgatroyd, a retired tax inspector from High Wycombe, Herts, was the first to correctly complete the puzzle. In London, Only nine of the London entrants completed their crosswords correctly in the 90 minutes allowed. In Liverpool, only eight were solved (the winner being Stella Giles who completed the crossword in 37 minutes and 23 seconds).
The trophy was presented to Mr. Murgatroyd by the former BBC correspondent and MP Martin Bell, whose father was a national newspaper crossword compiler.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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