Geeky Guy Sneaks Marriage Proposal Into Paper's Crossword

'Smart arse' Matthew Dick popped the question in most 'geeky' way possible
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2015 9:25 AM CDT
Geeky Guy Sneaks Marriage Proposal Into Paper's Crossword
A combo photo taken today showing some of the British national newspapers from yesterday and featuring (in the center) the back page of the "Times" showing its daily crossword puzzle.   (AP Photo/Tony Hicks)

(Newser) – A British lawyer with a penchant for puzzles decided to pop the question to his girlfriend in what she calls an incredibly "geeky way": in the local paper's crossword. Per the BBC, Matthew Dick contacted the British Times' puzzle editor via Twitter and arranged for yesterday's crossword to spell out his marriage proposal to Delyth Hughes through a series of underlined, personalized clues, including "Pretty Welsh girl widely thought not to be all there" (six-letter answer: Delyth) and "'Will you marry me,' say, that's formal also rude" (answer: proposal).

As Hughes pondered the puzzle, Dick took the engagement ring out of his pocket. "She looked so surprised and didn't say anything for about 30 seconds, before then saying 'no,' which she thought was hilarious," he tells the Times, per the AP. Hughes, who did eventually say yes, says she was "dumbfounded that he'd gone to such lengths," adding, "It was also bloody typical, as he's a smart-arse at the best of times. … It's so special and such a geeky way of doing it." (This crossword puzzle possibly contained a code to carry out a hit on Hugo Chavez's brother.)

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