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Jim Biggin

I am sorry to have to advise you all that Jim Biggin (DorsetJimbo) has died. He passed away last month, after a short battle with cancer.

his stepson Paul said: "He was pretty much out of action in his last few weeks, whilst mentally strong his body was another matter. I know he loved his blogging and his contributions to the council and residents association, he’ll be sorely missed."

Certainly I will miss him. He was an early inhabitant of TfTT, in 2008, and blogged many, many crosswords including about a decade's worth of Mephistos. He commented on most days crosswords and he was prone to call a spade a spade :-)

For interest I have copied his not uncharacteristic blogger's biog, below. RIP, Jim.


dorsetjimbo / Jim Biggin / since 2008

Born 1942 (you can do the sums). Introduced to The Telegraph cryptic
crossword by my rather Edwardian aunt when I was 12 and she caught me
kissing my cousin (those were the days). Moved on to The Times when I
was 15 and have been doing it ever since. I've never been
particularly fast (I can't read and write at the same time apart from
not having the brain power) and puzzles normally take me from 20 to
50 minutes. My all-time favourite puzzles were those set by Ximenes
in the Sunday Observer and I've still got my tie somewhere. I'm
retired now after spending most of my working life applying IT to
insurance and finance. I wrote my first computer based actuarial
valuation in 1964 using an ICL1301, which probably accounts for my
sense of humour. For 18 years my wife Maureen and I were foster
carers looking after teenagers until we retired from that in 2006,
during which that same humour kept me sane. I now devote my time to
local community affairs, golf and the Times crossword, of course.
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