If you can solve a crossword, you can solve a murder.
There are no major spoilers about clues or endings in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below.
Sources and further information:
— Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism Between the Wars by Alison Light
— “Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?” by Edmund Wilson, first published in the New Yorker on 20 January 1945
— The Crossword Mysteries by Nero Blanc
— “The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager’s Will” in Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
— Crossword Mystery by E.R. Punshon
— Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert
— “The Clue” in Two Bottles of Relish: The Little Tales of Smethers and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
— A Six Letter Word For Death by Patricia Moyes
— Last Puzzle and Testament by Parnell Hall
—Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures With Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them by Adrienne Raphel
—”Clues: Crosswords and Detective Stories” by John Curran in Crime and Detective Stories 79, December 2018
—Cracking Cryptic Crosswords by Colin Dexter
— Two episodes of The Allusionist podcast about crosswords: #8 Crosswords and #62: In Crypt, Decrypt
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