Revenge is a dish best served….in a secretly coded crossword puzzle?
News of the World staffers managed to get the last laugh on their former editor, and Rupert Murdoch‘s favoured right-hand woman, Rebekah Brooks, in Sunday’s crossword.
Brooks, who so far has managed to keep her job, despite calls for her resignation from as high up as Parliament, was editor of the News of the World when much of the illegal phone-hacking took place.
So furious was the staff over the fact she had retained her job when they had lost theirs that Brooks reportedly needed security on Thursday after news broke that the paper was being shut down,
Apparently anticipating that they might seek revenge in this Sunday’s final crossword Brooks reportedly sent in two senior executives to read the paper with a “fine toothcomb.”
It wasn’t fine enough.
The Daily Mail notes (with some glee) that a series of phrases aimed directly at Brooks made it into the paper.
Among the clues in the ‘Quicky’ puzzle were: ‘Brook’, ‘stink’, ‘catastrophe’, ‘digital protection’, ‘cease’, ‘lamented’, ‘servant’ and ‘prestige’.
The Cryptic Crossword was perhaps even more sardonic, with clues including: ‘Criminal enterprise, ‘mix in prison’, ‘string of recordings’, ‘will fear new security measure’. Also among them was the hint ‘woman stares wildly at calamity’ – which may refer to the photograph of Mrs Brooks’s stony-faced departure from the News International HQ in Wapping, east London, on Thursday after staff were told the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper would be shut down.
Answers printed on page 47 counted: ‘Deplored’, ‘stench’, ‘stir’, ‘disaster’ ‘menace’, ‘desist’, ‘racket’ and ‘tart’.
JPeg of the crossword below.
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