Well, both puzzles have been solved, so it’s only fair to give the answers – and I think just the answers (i.e. the names of the books) wouldn’t quite be enough. So, after 1000 posts, it’s time to break the habit of a blog lifetime – SPOILERS AHEAD! So if you want to have a go, don’t read on!
The wordsearch, first of all.
The authors names (all of which have been reviewed at least twice on the blog) were:
Bartram, Beeding, Blake, Bolton, Brand, Brett, Bruce, Bude, Calkins, Carr, Christie, Cleeves, Cornell, Crispin, Deaver, Doherty, Edwards, Ellis, Farjeon, Forsythe, Haynes, Hilary, Innes, Jecks, Jerrold, Lang, Lovesey, Marsh, Mitchell, Queen, Rhode, Sprigg, Tremayne, Tyler, Wade, Wassmer, Wentworth and Winters.
In fact, there’s also Lake and Ward but they’re not necessary to find as they’re hidden in Blake and Edwards – blasted wordsearch-creating program.
Right, so if anyone wants to have a go at the wordsearch, let’s come back to it in a bit and go on to the picture competition.
Now you follow the clue I gave “to ignore the…” and ignore the word “The” if the title begins with that word. Then take the initial letters to get this.
Now follow the letters round in a spiral to get “INFACEOFTHEVERDICT” i.e. In Face Of The Verdict by John Rhode.
And the prize of a slightly battered copy of that book goes to Uncle Lucifer as soon as he emails me his (or her) address.
Back to the wordsearch. The words are found here and the important bit is the unused letters.
Reading bottom to top, right to left, they spell out THE MERCHANT’S PARTNER BY M JECKS, the second in the Knights Templar series by friend of the blog Michael Jecks. Congrats to Ben Hakala!
So thanks for playing – maybe there’ll be another competition at some point in the future.
So, back to normal service with the next post, with a review of a John Rhode title. And then, for reasons that will be revealed, a review of a sitcom. Anyone who wants to guess which one, do, but no prizes this time. Never accuse me of being predictable.