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Cain's Jawbone


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The world's most fiendishly difficult literary puzzle

About the Author

Edward Powys Mathers (1892 – 1939) introduced the cryptic crossword to Britain in 1924 through the pages of the Observer. Known as Torquemada, he was acknowledged as a brilliant translator and a critic specialising in crime fiction. In 1934 he published a selection of his puzzles under the title The Torquemada Puzzle Book – the final hundred pages of which contained the novel-cum-puzzle Cain’s Jawbone.

The book is being re-issued with the assistance of The Laurence Sterne Trust and Patrick Wildgust, the curator of Shandy Hall.


'If James Joyce and Agatha Christie had a literary love child, this would be it' Daily Telegraph 'A unique hybrid of word puzzle and whodunnit' Literary Review

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