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INTRODUCTION

According to the French author La Rochefoucauld:

‘The ocean of literature is _____.’

• without limit

• a continual surprise

• always worth trawling

Whether to amuse, entertain, excite or inform, books offer so much to so many. They can also be a friend, sometimes an escape, and among their pages are many wonders.

In The Literary Pocket Puzzle Book you can glory in books, ponder over the quirks of famous writers, tackle mystery sudokus, coded crosswords, criss crosses and word searches as well as deliberate over the meanings of words such as palimpsest and squib.

There is much here that I hope will delight with literary puzzles to literally puzzle over. The answer to the above is: ‘The ocean of literature is without limit’ and, whether right or wrong, let the puzzling begin.

Have fun.

Neil Somerville

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ANAGRAMS: DETECTIVE WRITERS

Unscramble the words to detect the names of writers famed for their detective fiction. Who are they?

1 Or handout larceny

2 Emerging nooses

3 Or manhandled cry

4 Past major tense

5 At a high rise act

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MYSTERY SUDOKU

Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains the letters EGIKLNOTU in any order. One row or column contains the seven-letter name of a writer.

Who is it?

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WORD SEARCH: POETS

Ralph Waldo Emerson declared, ‘Poets are not to be seen.’ With the following great names well hidden in the grid, now is the time to seek them out.

Angelou

Arnold

Basho

Belloc

Blake

Brecht

Brooke

Byron

Dante

Frost

Goethe

Goldsmith

Homer

Keats

Milton

Noyes

Poe

Pope

Shakespeare

Shelley

Tennyson

Thomas

Virgil

Yeats

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WRITERS’ TALK

The following are incomplete quotes from Isaac Asimov, Samuel Beckett and Matthew Arnold. Complete the quotes with each author’s exact words.

1 ‘The one absolute requirement for me to write… is