Re: RARA-AVIS: Help re crossword puzzle

Peter Walker (
Sun, 5 Jul 1998 22:04:20 +0000 > Okay, Peter, I'm curious (surprise, surprise from a mystery reader).
> Are you doing a crossword puzzle or what?
OK I admit it. I'm doing a bloody crossword puzzle. Thanks out there
for all your helpful suggestions but this is getting serious.
Normally I hate - and I mean hate - crossword puzzles but I picked up
a copy of the No Exit Press 1989 crime anthology 't other day and its
got this bloody infuriating crossword in it. Since I know the guy who
runs No Exit Press I thought I'd send in the completed thing 10 years
late and claim my prize - every NEP book in print. Ho, bloody ho.
Great joke. It's driving me mad.
Thanks to those of you who suggested Supt Otani, James Melvlilles
character - which is right - but the Erle Stanley "moody female"
isn't Bertha Cool, unfortunately,'cos the words are 5 and 4
- not 6 and 4 - which is a bit of a sod. Anyone who can name
"Carroll John Daly's royal bad guy (7,2,4)" will earn my life long
friendship and if you can crack:
"Annoyed Ronay or aggreived Spengler (10,4)
I will probably burst into tears. I mean - what the **** does that
mean?? Are they characters in books? Authors? And, more to the point,
why am I unable to get to sleep because of it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Peter Walker
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