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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

R.I.P. Dan Naddor

Dan Naddor, one of the finest crossword puzzle constructors in America, passed away yesterday at the age of 52. His puzzles appeared exclusively in the L.A.Times, about once a week lately, and I have been struggling with them since April - most recently, just today.

Dan loved language and a playful twist of words.  His puzzle themes were always creative and  often brilliant, his clues were clever, his answers full of puns, some wonderful, some awful - just the sort of thing that would appeal to me.

I was pretty critical of some of his puzzle making on the L.A. Times Cross Word Corner blog, because - let's be real - neither of us is perfect.  He would often visit the blog on days when his puzzles ran, and became part of the Corner family.  I came to respect and admire him for his wit, his strength of character, and his great courage through a long and brutal final illness.  He was a friend to all of us at the Corner.

RIP Dan. You will be sorely missed.

Update: This testimonial by Rich Norris, crossword editor of the L.A. Times was posted at Cruciverb.com.

I'm sorry to report that one of the LA Times's most prolific constructors, Dan Naddor, passed away Tuesday night as the result of an extended illness. Dan was one of my favorites, a fun and imaginative guy to work with. I will miss him. His unique style, creativity, energy and willingness to learn were assets that catapulted him to the top echelon of puzzle constructors since his October 2006 debut. In the three-plus years that followed, the LA Times published more than 100 of his puzzles. His legacy will live on through much of 2010: there are quite a few more of his puzzles to be edited and published over the coming months. 

Dan's wife Tracie writes: "I can honestly say that this beloved pastime prolonged his life and gave him something to strive for, enjoy, frustrate over, became a "blogger" and somewhat of a celebrity. He loved constructing these puzzles and reading how you all enjoyed them. 

"We have started a face book page under Dan Naddor and "the Crossword People" (which is how I fondly refer to your community) are welcome to visit & post. He passed away from complications of the cancer treatment (radiation to head & neck), but was considered "cancer-free". Cancer Donation information and services will be provided on his facebook site." 

Rich Norris


C. C. said...

I was just getting comfortable with Dan's style.

Clear Ayes said...

Thanks Jazzbumpa, I think you said what all of us fans have been thinking.

Tinbeni said...

Until Dan came along I never paid attention to who was the puzzles constructor.
I enjoyed his puns and wordplay very much.
He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jazzbumpa, I'm a closet corner member. Came reconize Dan's puzzles. He will be missed.

JimmyB said...

Jazzbumpa - You've made a lovely tribute to Dan. Thanks for voicing so eloquently what we all feel in our hearts.

Chickie said...

Thank you Jazzbumpa for the lovely tribute to Dan Naddor. We are all feeling his loss and you so eloquently put into words what all of us are thinking.

Jazzbumpa said...

And thanks to all of you for the nice comments.

I am a horribly undisciplined writer: I write when I must - to satisfy some inner urge. This was certainly one of the moments.