Guardian crossword setter Araucaria has died

I loved doing Araucaria'a puzzles. They were fiendish, funny and left me with a huge sense of satisfaction and achievement when I completed one.

 

I particulary enjoyed his themed puzzles especially the literary ones.  I remember being completely blown away by one puzzle based on Charles Dickens, and another on Jane Austen which were just so tricky to solve, but once completed, I could only admire the man's genius at compiling them. 

 

Boxing Day just isn't going to be the same without an Araucaria double grid special. 

 

 

Rest in Peace.