Some time ago, we received a note from our avid crossword solvers, Jim Lowe and Brian Goth, on the back of their puzzle solution. They were curious about the identity of Meandricus, the creator of the always-challenging, sometimes frustrating Geist Cryptic Crossword. Meandricus is the pseudonym for our intrepid puzzle-maker, who is also a book designer, potter, teacher, volunteer, writer and lateral thinker.
The first Geist puzzles were prepared by Smilax, whose pseudonym was believed to be the name of a garden slug. Geist fact checkers recently discovered that Smilax is the name of a plant, not a slug. But there is a slug known as Milax upon which our original puzzler may have based his pseudonym. Meandricus, who took over as the Geist puzzler for issue 9 (April/may 1993), recalls trying to find an appropriate slug name as a pseudonym but since “Meandricus” refers to a fish, not a slug, some lateral thinking must have taken place, the details of which were left behind in the ’90s.