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Cain's Jawbone Ernest Powys Mathers

Cain's Jawbone By Ernest Powys Mathers

Cain's Jawbone by Ernest Powys Mathers

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The world's most fiendishly difficult literary puzzle

Cain's Jawbone Summary

Cain's Jawbone: A Novel Problem by Ernest Powys Mathers

Six murders. One hundred pages. Millions of possible combinations... but only one is correct. Can you solve Torquemada's murder mystery?

In 1934, the Observer's cryptic crossword compiler, Edward Powys Mathers (aka Torquemada), released a novel that was simultaneously a murder mystery and the most fiendishly difficult literary puzzle ever written.

The pages have been printed in an entirely haphazard order, but it is possible - through logic and intelligent reading - to sort the pages into the only correct order, revealing six murder victims and their respective murderers.

Only three puzzlers have ever solved the mystery of Cain's Jawbone: do you have what it takes to join their ranks?

Please note: this puzzle is extremely difficult and not for the faint-hearted.

Cain's Jawbone Reviews

  • '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

About Ernest Powys Mathers

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.

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Cain's Jawbone: A Novel Problem by Ernest Powys Mathers
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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