Araucaria is dying

edited January 2013 in Off-topic
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/puzzle-reveals-man-dying-cancer-101331278.html#fpLHOtf

The greatest of the Guardian's crossword compilers has announced via his own crossword that he's dying.
I used to sit in the Manchester Uni student cantine with friends trying to finish one of his puzzles every day, with varying success - he was fiendishly clever. I always felt really proud of myself if I did finish one, which wasn't often. He will be greatly missed.
I don't like the Telegraph General Knowledge ones - too much reliance on the Periodic Table - and the cryptic ones have a different code to the Guardian ones I'm used to. Maybe I have a Guardian-type mind?
(Steady at the back there...)

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