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Seymour Britchky, at 73; NYC restaurant critic

NEW YORK -- Seymour Britchky, a restaurant critic who chronicled the city's eateries in a monthly newsletter and penned a compilation of reviews that was published annually for 16 years, has died. He was 73.

Mr. Britchky died of pancreatic cancer, according to his wife, the photographer Nancy Crampton.

Mr. Britchky, a former marketing executive, turned to restaurant criticism at age 41, launching a newsletter called ''The Restaurant Reporter" in 1971.

''He used to say his main qualification as a restaurant critic was eating three meals a day, Crampton told The New York Times for its Saturday editions. "He just hung out his shingle and did it."

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