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This is the 10th anniversary of the very first Diary of a Crossword Fiend post! I dedicate this bloggiversary to two lovely puzzlers who we lost this week.
Thomas Gazzola of Portland, Oregon, was a math professor, a master of puzzle hunts, a crossworder, a member of the National Puzzlers’ League, and someone remembered by friends and acquaintances as a warm, kind, and generous soul. Tom’s life was cut short by a drunk driver—please don’t drink and drive, friends.
Longtime crossword editor (Uptown Crosswords Club, Dell), Games magazine veteran, theater buff, and all-around convivial personality Leslie Billig also passed away unexpectedly. I’m not sure I ever saw Leslie without a smile on her face at a crossword tournament. It’s been a tough week for puzzlers.