Monday 20 November 2017

Murphy's work made my Sunday

Sir -- Last Sunday, I completed my weekly ritual of leafing quickly through each page of the Sunday Independent, mentally marking what I wanted to read later. As always, I set about eagerly progressing to the second last page to commence the Quizword. Jerome Reilly's article on page six stopped me in my tracks, however, as I learned with sadness of Peter Murphy's passing.

Peter Murphy's Quizword always had an instructive feel to it. Like a well-constructed examination, Quizword was designed to be accessible for the less competitive fans and sufficiently challenging for the more serious contenders. People who completed the Quizword each Sunday were assured of revising, for example, a little geography, some history, lines from literature, popular entertainment, sport, current affairs and politics. A feeling of satisfaction came with filling in the last of the blank boxes, accompanied by a silent thank you to its compiler for yet another delightful Quizword. Dictionaries, Roget's thesaurus, the phone a friend option and the Google search box could be left alone for another week (or until Tuesday for followers of Peter Murphy's crossword in the Independent's farming supplement).

And so, on Sunday last, with a heavy heart, I moved from page six to page 33 and completed the last Quizword compiled by Peter Murphy. May he rest in peace.

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