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2002-Mar-14: A Death in the Family

Sir Paul has lost the man he refers to as "his famous cousin".  Bert Danher, the Daily Telegraph's crossword puzzle compiler, has passed away at the age of 75.  Bert's early fascination with crosswords was fostered by his uncle Jim McCartney, Sir Paul's father.  This interest led him to become a professional compiler of puzzles.  Over the years his work has appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, the Financial Times, and the London Times.

Queen Elizabeth was one of his most loyal fans.  She is known to devote half an hour to his Telegraph puzzle where it was published every Thursday.  (In fact, he enjoyed introducing himself to strangers as "the man who is Thursday").  Bert was given the honor of producing a special puzzle for another fan, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, for her 100th birthday.  He created a puzzle based on clues from the Queen Mother's life.  The puzzle was enlarged to 5 ft by 5 ft and carried by two children in her birthday parade.

Although Bert Danher appreciated his cousin Paul's success, he was not a fan of pop music.  Rather, he was a classical music lover and began many of his puzzles with a classical musical clue.  A musician himself, in his early years he worked as a peripatetic music teacher in Merseyside.   He also played the French horn under Sir Charles Groves at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.  For a while, he ran an amateur orchestra of his own.

Albert Edward Danher was born in Liverpool on April 24, 1926.  He is survived by his second wife, Lin, and a son.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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