A puzzling magazine

Mystery Scene is a favorite of the crime community, edited by longtime friend Kate Stine.142cover465

They often run crossword puzzles, and this month’s, by Verna Suit, is “Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity” so I thought, hey, let’s see how many holes I have in my knowledge. Can you see which one I got wrong?


5 Down–”The Reigate __” by 49D [Arthur Conan Doyle]–has the same number of spaces as the other possible answer, “SQUIRE” but in fact it’s the story’s alternative title, “PUZZLE.” I had to look up “Alaska’s first governor” (10 Across) and guessed at another couple, and I admit that 32 Across baffled me until I thought about it long and hard. (“Prefer and differ endings” means…ENCES. Can one groan pun-like for crossword clues?)

But number 63 Across? That one I got right away.clues


  1. Rayleen on December 21, 2015 at 6:53 am

    You know you’ve made the big time when your character appears in a crossword puzzle! Congratulations Laurie 😉

  2. Merrily Taylor on December 21, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I’m glad that the creator of the crossword puzzle had the good sense and judgment to recognize Russell’s important role in Holmes’ life!

  3. Diane Hendricksen on December 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Love crosswords with literary themes! This will be fun.

  4. Janis Kiehl Harrison on December 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    OK, you’re hard on my budget, Ms King. I think I may have to subscribe…

  5. Meredith Taylor on December 22, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Time to get hands on that issue, for sure!

  6. Susan D on December 31, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Well done! Something you can tick off your writing career life list: Be a crossword puzzle clue.

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