Never a cross word

The Guardian’s Crossword Blog is a regular source of the unusual and extraordinary. This week there’s a look back at the strange case of the D-Day Crossword Clues, the still unsolved story of amateur footballer, schoolteacher and crossword compiler Leonard Dawe, who – for reasons still unknown – managed to incorporate a series of key code words relating to the imminent – and incredibly secret – Normandy Landings into the Daily Telegraph crossword puzzle. The suggested solution – some of Dawe’s pupils frequented the military bases and subsequently entered codes into blank crossword puzzles – is not without its flaws, but are more likely than the traditional answer, that the whole episode was an example of sustained coincidence.

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