Caroline Andrews came to cryptic crosswords the long way around, having done a sketchy selection of jobs from retail sales to librarian to accountant.
She got started on cryptics because Andy likes them and will teach them to anyone he comes across. His complaints that there weren't enough cryptics available spurred her to try making them herself, and she found she had just the right temperament to construct them. Tearing words apart into component bits and reassembling them into logical patterns that are also tiny short stories appeals to both the analytical side of her brain and the more whimsical side as well.
She lives in Toronto with her husband and four orchids.
Caroline Andrews has been writing the Cryptic Crossword for the Toronto Star and various other newspapers for over two decades - creating a loyal following of enthusiasts on the journey.