Puzzling Way of Popping the Question
Corey Newman, romantic hero, had been trying for months to figure out a drop-dead wonderful way of proposing to romantic heroine Marlowe Epstein, who just happens to be a fan of the Washington Post crossword page. "I wanted to do something unique," he said.
Presto. Unique idea popped into his head. He approached Bob Klahn, veteran crossword creator, and a very special crossword duly arrived in Sunday's paper.
37 Across: Shakespeare in Love role. Answer: Marlowe
39 Across: Casablanca screenwriter Julius or Philip. Answer: Epstein
"Will you marry me?" she read out as she solved 51 Across, and lo, down he went on one knee with a ring in his hand.
It's not the first time that Klahn has faced this interesting task. In 1998 he crafted a puzzle for the New York Times that also doubled as a marriage proposal.
He's a miracle-maker. The heroine said yes to that one, too.