The D-Day crossword.

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The D-Day crossword.

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Feb 25, 2009, 12:46 am

Does anyone recall the story about a cryptic crossword which appeared in the Telegraph just before D-Day and which contained a number of the secret codenames connected with the invasion? I remember they included Overlord and Omaha. Apparently the setter was interrogated but i don't know the final outcome.

Edited: Feb 26, 2009, 2:46 am

The story about crossword puzzles in WW2 happened in 1944 that disturbed the Allied security forces by the appearance of this crossword puzzles published in The Daily Telegraph.The words appearing in the puzzles are secret code names for military operations, "Utah" (the codename for one of the landing sites) appeared in a puzzle published on May 2,1944. The other words , "Neptune"(the naval operation plan) besides the words, "Omaha", "Overlord"
The originator of the puzzles was a schoolteacher named Leonard Dawe, he was arrested and interrogated.The results of the investigation have concluded that the appearance of these words was just coincidence.This event was rather "coincidence" and used as an illustration of how seemingly meaningful events can arise out of "pure coincidence". To know the fate of Leonard Dawe, maybe you can know by surfing the internet".

Go to: to know the whole story

Feb 25, 2009, 5:06 am

This page has some more information plus one of the puzzles.

Feb 25, 2009, 6:15 am

A few years ago, several people came forward and claimed that, as children, they had "suggested" some of the key words they had been hearing around the American and Canadian officers.

The Telegraph had a good summary.

Feb 25, 2009, 6:21 pm

Thanks to everyone for all the info. It certainly sounds more plausible that schoolboys picked up the words from American and Canadian soldiers rather than the whole thing being pure coincidence. Special thanks to Brunellus for the actual puzzle which will be a challenge. Apparently ability to do the Telegraph crossword was one of the criteria for recruitment to Bletchley Park!

Feb 26, 2009, 2:51 am

Coincidence was an excuse by the school principal to "cover up" the whole issue.Leonard Dawe was a " lucky guy" who was not convicted. ( I think so.)