Ridiculously Complicated Puzzle Time

Well, I thought I’d do my little bit to help you all pass the time – so I thought I’d write another of my little puzzles. And by little, I mean insanely complicated…

So, here we go, let me explain.

Here is a wordsearch.

Oh, you want more instructions. OK.

Hidden in the wordsearch are 44 words, all of which are the key words of a number of classic crime novels. Note I have removed short words like “and”, “the”, etc and also the words “Death”, “Murder”, “Mystery” and “Case”. All the books were released in the same year (you have to work out which one) and were all written by members of the Detection Club. Oh, and one word is used in two different titles but only appears once. When you have found all the words, you can then solve the puzzle by finding another title along with its author, also from the same year, also by a member of the Detection Club, spelled out by the unused letters. The duplicate word is a vague hint to the title. Simple, no? [Note, one book was published under a different title in the UK in the previous year, but was published in the US with the title used in the puzzle in the correct year. So I didn’t make a mistake. Honest.]

If you find the answer, just leave the initials of the title in the comments down below, so I know you’ve solved it but it won’t spoil it for everyone else. Enjoy!


  1. Also, according to Wikipedia, one of the books was published in a different year. Although I’d probably trust you ahead of Wikipedia on golden age detective fiction…


  2. I got TMWWT too (I did get it to spell the author’s name). This was really fun and challenging – thanks for a diverting way to spend a few hours.


  3. it’s a lot of fun, thank you! Although I’m not as clever as you lot, I’m missing 3 words and the final solution! I’ll get there eventually… I hope. I better otherwise it’ll drive me nuts 🙂


  4. Having checked my answer with the others in the comments, it seems I have finally got the answer.
    I’m glad I decided to print it out. My eyes started getting rather boggled by the end.
    Good fun though.
    Thanks for taking the time to make it.


  5. I was able to find the 44 words in 24 novels. Finally I was able to spell out the final title (TMWWT) and also the author. But I find 2 extra letters B and Y in between.


  6. I got TMWWT eventually. As for the author, I got “his”name too.
    Great puzzle, enjoyed wrestling with it.
    Also learned which college “Clerihew” went to, in passing, what a coincidence!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.