Ximenes

On Monday 25th April 1949 to celebrate his 100th puzzle in the Observer, Ximenes held a dinner at the Trocadero Hotel in London.

A copy of the menu that night was kept by C Allen Baker after he had asked guests to sign it. You can clearly see the signatures of Ximenes (d S Macnutt) and Afrit ( A F Ritchie).

The speech that evening was by Afrit who managed to include every solution of the previous day’s competition crossword by Ximenes, thus giving away the answers to anyone who had not finished – much to the embarrassment of Ximenes.