Posted by clanca1234 on 9 October 2010
I was very upset today to hear the terribly sad news that Derek Arthur has passed away. Derek set not-too-tricky but fun puzzles under the pseudonym Viking, but will be better known to all Listener setters of the past decade as the second Listener vetter. I can only speak for myself, but he was immensely helpful to me as a new setter when I first started out, and was unfailingly cheerful and encouraging in every word that he said or wrote. I only met him in person a few times, always at Listener Dinners, and found him to be as nice a man in the flesh as he was when hammering my puzzles into something publishable.
Many thanks to Derek for all that he did, and my sincere condolences to his family. He is a great loss to the ‘crossworld’.