Staff message hidden in final ‘News of the World’ puzzle

Speaking from personal experience, I can say it’s quite difficult to sneak anything past an alert copy editor.

24 across: "Woman stares wildly at calamity"

24 across: "Woman stares wildly at calamity"

For the final edition of the News of the World, CEO Rebekah Brooks brought in two senior executives to scour the fine print for hidden staff references to her handling of the phone hacking scandal that sunk the 168-year-old British tabloid.

Those editors must not have taken time to solve the crossword puzzle.

The Daily Mail cites a few subliminal messages that could be interpreted as unkind parting shots, including crossword clues such as “criminal enterprise,” “in prison,” “string of recordings.”

More clues are “brook,” “stink,” “catastrophe” and “digital protection.”

Printed answers include “stench,” “disaster,” “menace,” “racket,” and “tart.”

A source at the paper told the Daily Mail: “Rebekah tried everything to stop the staff having the last word and she utterly failed.”

The paper, which published its final edition Sunday with a headline reading “Thank You & Goodbye,” is caught up in a legal maelstrom — several employees are accused of hacking phones to get the inside scoop on stories.

The Sun, sister publication of the News of the World, forgets to mention the historic day on their website.

The Daily Mail seems to be taking delight in the publication’s demise. One story points out Brooks lives near “Hackers Lane.”

A responsible team of journalists — The Associated Press — has a nice visual timeline of the News of the World scandal.

12 comments Add your comment


July 10th, 2011
1:42 pm

Our news media will never regulated by government, only by the advertisers.


July 10th, 2011
2:26 pm

The best thing that could happen would be for Rupert Murdoch to die and his empire fall apart. Then we wouldn’t have all the crap news like FAUX (FOX) News and these yellow journalism tabloids that he thinks are newspapers. Murdoch is a slimey, nasty old man who would be better off dead.

Beverly Hall

July 10th, 2011
2:50 pm

Attention PR @ 2:26pm

Why don’t you grow up, get a job and move out of your parent’s basement. Who do you think wants to hear your stupid comments?

Get a life

July 10th, 2011
3:07 pm


Are you such a sad little person that you actually wish someone would die? You need help with your hatred. You are sickening.


July 10th, 2011
3:18 pm

I don’t necessarily disagree with PR’s sentiments even if I wouldn’t say them publically. Murdoch has always been a very mean, deceitful and hateful person. When Fox New’s ” Fair and Balance” had two right wing pundits on to talk about Obama’s financial policies, where was the “balance”? Murdoch is not anyone I respect. Murdoch should have stayed in Australia.

Old Geezer

July 10th, 2011
3:39 pm

There is not a better alternative to Fox News, you can hate who owns them, but they kick ass as far as reporting the news goes…and the chicks are way hotter than the news stations who try to keep up.


July 11th, 2011
11:24 am

I make it a point to never watch Fox News, just like I never spend one minute with MSNBC. I do not need some TV shill on either end of the political spectrum telling me how to think.


July 12th, 2011
5:00 pm

@Old Geezer, everywhere I go, you’ve been there saying something pathetic. In another thread, you were surprisied that those (to you) mythical creatures called “women” would have had time, had you ever met one, to use the internet after preparing your Ensure and hooking up the ol’ cath bag. Here you are praising the “journalism” of Faux News, apparently befuddled by actual visual images of attractive women. Sadly for you, women make up more than half the country and nobody wants to see Rush, Beck et al jiggling their considerable cleavage at the camera.

Apropos of nothing, WHEN will we finally implement that IQ test for voters??!


July 14th, 2011
8:39 am

get back in the kitchen lilly where you belong

Junior Samples

July 19th, 2011
10:48 am

Old Geezer likes to hear his news from the bubble headed bleach blondes. Not too sure about the “reporting” though.


July 25th, 2011
1:25 pm

Diego, you prefer to get your slant on news straight from the political shills who have bought you, right?

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