The Crowther Cup is awarded to the
leading solver of the monthly prize puzzles published on the Crossword
Centre. As winners are only allowed their name on the cup
once, previous winners politely step aside to allow the next
leading solver to be awarded the coveted trophy.
2015 Chris Edwards, Richard Harvey, Gerry Murtagh, M P Young.
2016 Matthew Auger
2017 Keith Williams
2018 Brian Betker
2019 Andie Johnson
2020 John Reardon
2021 Philip Wood
2022 Ronan Cullinane
Trevor Crowther 1953 - 2015
Trevor Crowther was an engaging and
talented solver. He made a huge impact on the Crossword Centre, testing
puzzles and keeping statistics. He was always willing to help new
crossword setters and he made lots of friends through emails and his
attendance of crossword meets and the Listener Crossword dinners. He
amused us for years with his weekly posts on the message board. His
Monday Moans were witty and sometimes controversial. For this reason
the Crowther Cup bears the inscription "GEMITUS VINCIT OMNIA", which
translates roughly as "nothing beats a good moan".
Trevor Crowther was born in Liverpool on 5 November 1953, the only son
of Neville, Assistant County Surveyor at Hampshire County Council, and
Betty. He moved to Winchester with his parents in 1962.
Peter Symonds School in Winchester, leaving in the early 70s to study
Chemistry at Keble College, Oxford where he joined the John Wesley
Society making a number of close friends. On leaving Oxford Trevor
moved to Burnham Beeches and forged a successful career in marketing.
His first job was with Neilson’s where he remained until he was head
hunted to join AGB; he stayed with AGB for many years, having marketing
responsibility for a number of high profile accounts.
After he left
AGB Trevor moved back to Winchester and more recently became a much
respected member of the crossword community, providing support to
crossword editors on a variety of broadsheet papers. For many years
Trevor was a marker for competitions and tester for submissions for the
Crossword Centre, an on line crossword site. He was well renowned for
his on line “Moanday” or Monday Moan session and, after his death,
Trevor’s crossword friends contributed to buying a silver-plated cup in
his honour- to be awarded to the best solver of the year. “The Crowther
Cup” contains the Latin inscription gemitus vincit omnia
(a moan beats
everything)! In an article in the Independent, published shortly after
his death, Trevor was described as “wise, witty and stimulating”.
also enjoyed pub quizzes and quickly progressed to being a quiz master
in his local pub. He had a great love of music, with wide ranging
tastes extending from classical music through to pop and rock. He
enjoyed travel, particularly in Europe, but loved nothing better than
pottering in the garden and was known affectionately amongst his
friends as “Trevor the Gardener”. Trevor died suddenly, at home, on
27th February 2015.