Written by Paxton Quigley

Thursday, 6 December 2018

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Aaaaaaaargh! This can't be happening.......

You've had the experience. You're on a train en route to a meeting at your office in Liverpool and you're attempting The Observer Everyman crossword but one clue is giving you a problem. You work through it again and just one thing fits - "Port Sunlight" but it means nothing to you, so you reluctantly enter it and you've finished.

The next afternoon you're waiting on the platform to get a train back to Liverpool Lime Street and you decide to have a look at the local station names on the route diagram. WTF! Port Sunlight? Are you kidding me?

Yes, it's a true story. So how can this be? Why would those words be in the crossword? Why would I for the first time look at the diagram? On that day?

Of course there are more famous crossword coincidences, such as The Daily Telegraph crosswords in the weeks leading up to D-Day in 1944. Some of the beaches' codenames appeared, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. One or two are common words, but surely not all? It led to the arrest and questioning of the schoolmaster compiler who was lucky not to be imprisoned and to lose his job.

Did I imagine this? Is life a dream? Is there a divine being playing tricks on me? (I don't believe that at all, it's for dramatic effect.) It's all too much for me. Beam me up, Scotty.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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