Meet the crossword setter, plant scientist Soup: ‘A successful clue needs pith and, ideally, humour’

Meet the crossword setter, plant scientist Soup: ‘A successful clue needs pith and, ideally, humour’

The latest in our series where we turn the tables on the torturers. Under the spotlight this time is the insect pollination expert Hamish Symington, AKA Soup

The Guardian’s newest cryptic setter, Soup, has been setting puzzles in this paper’s extraordinary monthly Genius series since 2016; he also edits 1 Across magazine and contributes to the 3D Crossword Calendars. Let’s meet Soup.

Hello, Soup. How did it all start?
I commissioned a puzzle from Araucaria for my best man’s wedding and asked if I could get him a bottle of something; he said the delivery cost would be extortionate, so why didn’t I come for tea? I was on cloud nine!

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