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Caroline got into cryptics to please Andy who can never get enough of them. He'll explain how to solve cryptics to anyone who will hold still.

She has had a wide experience from retail sales to accounting, from running libraries to teaching high school. But when she tried her hand at cryptic puzzles she discovered she had a knack for creating them (which takes different skills than solving them.) Taking words apart and reassembling the parts to make tiny stories, complete sometimes with settings and characters, appealed to her.

Her heroes are Cox and Rathvon who create puzzles that follow the rules and are difficult enough to keep you engaged but still solvable by most people.

Caroline published cryptics twice a week in the Toronto Star for 26 years and has appeared in other newspapers and magazines.

Caroline lives with Andy and seven orchids.

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