Interesting cryptic fact #4

'Even in fiction ...’

This interesting cryptic fact #4 proves that even fictional characters get hooked on cryptics! For more facts, see the links below …

One of the most famous cryptic crossword solvers is a fictional UK dectective.

The book and television character, Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse, was created by cryptic crossword enthusiast,
Colin Dexter.

Morse and his assistant, Sergeant Lewis were named for Sir Jeremy Morse (former Bank of England Director and Lloyds Bank Chairman) and Mrs B Lewis (aka Dorothy Taylor), top prize-winning solvers of Ximenean cryptic crossword puzzles who often beat Dexter at his favourite pastime.

Colin Dexter who is well into his 70s said recently, “the hobby and the habit of solving crosswords is the most serene and civilised way of wasting time that I have yet discovered.”


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