Proposal Crossword : Suitor boxes clever with cryptic proposal

Proposal Crossword : Suitor boxes clever with cryptic proposal

Man sneaks marriage proposal into newspaper crossword.

Matthew Dick, a 38-year-old lawyer, arranged for the national newspaper to contain hidden messages to his partner of two and a half years, Delyth Hughes, on her birthday.

The clues, which the couple deciphered together on Delyth’s 39th birthday on holiday in Cornwall, included: “Pretty Welsh girl widely thought not to be all there” with the six-letter answer Delyth and “‘Will you marry me’, say, that’s forward also rude!”, to which the eight-letter answer was proposal.

Shockingly, the bride-to-be’s answer was not a resounding yes – as one might have expected in response to such a wildly amorous gesture – at least not initially.

Though surprised, Delyth kept her cool and joked “No” before then accepting her now-fiance’s proposal of marriage.

Matthew, a crossword enthusiast, told the Times: “I underlined ‘Matthew’ in the bottom corner and underlined ‘Will you marry me’ in the clue and reached into my pocket to reveal the ring.

“She looked so surprised and didn’t say anything for about 30 seconds, before then saying ‘No’, which she thought was hilarious. But she did then say ‘Yes’ and I had to tell her this was the real Times crossword, not something I had printed out myself.”

Delyth, a marketing executive, said: “I was dumbfounded that he’d gone to such lengths. It was also bloody typical as he’s a smart-arse at the best of times. I was getting a bit teary and emotional, even if I did joke that I wouldn’t marry him.”

In keeping with the spontaneity of romantic gestures, The Times is keen to emphasise that yesterday’s puzzle proposal is a one off.

“We won’t be doing it again”, said The Times crossword editor Richard Rogan.