A man decided to propose to his girlfriend in the most unusual way – by using The Times cryptic crossword. London-born Matthew Dick contacted editor Richard Rogan and agreed for the proposal to be placed inside the crossword. This is thought to be the first time in history that someone has had an idea like this. The crossword has been appearing in the paper for 85 years.
Mr. Dick and Ms Hughes were celebrating her birthday in Cornwall when she began filling in the crossword. "I underlined the words 'will you marry me' which appeared in the clue, and the answer was proposal. My hands were shaking and I put my hands in my pocket to get the ring to propose,” said Mr. Dick. His girlfriend jokingly replied “no” followed by “yes.” Ms Hughes said the move was typical for her husband-to-be, adding that he is extremely smart.
We know this idea might seem wonderful and you might be thinking of repeating it, but do not hold your breath. The Times said it won’t be doing this again. Besides, isn’t it better to come up with an original idea? Doesn’t your girlfriend deserve it? Think about it!