# THE INFAMOUS CAT BURGLAR STRIKES AGAIN

READ ALL ABOUT IT IN TONIGHT'S EDITION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

Yesterday evening at 7 PM, local police received reports of a burglar in an apartment building. Upon examination, the police found that the burglar robbed Mrs. Doris Dodderly as she was soaking her dentures and preparing for sleep. On a nearby nightstand, the officers found this enigmatic crossword puzzle:

n x b z t a ê s e y m t w u e
y s j q l n o i l f k j c y h
q x n e z d l g v r x y x a p
b b k à a y e g q i h u x b q
m h z x r é q m x m e l t i b
i k i g c j c h w l w i ï t p
i s o w u w m a p z a b w g d
i p s g u y n n j i j f o f n
l i u l ô i e j b e o t s e b
y m f v f e v h f c p r d m y
f w h v d t z y i x t e e u v
e w x e h l x n q m s n p z e
e j l v r x ç t d b i a z v d
c i i n s s i b s t o q o d d
z o f c a w b j b l m w k f e


They are offering a $0.20 reward for any information regarding the Cat Burglar or this crossword puzzle left behind. Contact the hotline at (757) 555-0148 if you have any information! Hint 1: Most of the word search is useless. But certain characters in it are not! Hint 2: Focus on the accented letters. Hint 3: Directional... it's all directional... Hint 4: Where are my accents going? • Note: Only the crossword puzzle is relevant; the rest is fluff. – Voldemort's Wrath Oct 17 at 22:55 • Note 2: Hint will be posted whenever I feel like it tomorrow... – Voldemort's Wrath Oct 17 at 23:19 • @Voldemort'sWrath, is there a reason you put important information (your first Note) in comments, instead of editing it into the puzzle? – bobble Oct 18 at 4:22 • @bobble — It doesn’t really matter. I guess I just didn’t want to make another edit for no reason. – Voldemort's Wrath Oct 18 at 11:44 • Made a python program to find words in a grid, only to find it was useless :| – ention everyone Oct 18 at 14:12 ## 1 Answer I think the answer is Nine lives If you find all the letters with accents and follow where the accents "point" you get this: This would also fit with the title, as A cat is said to have nine lives! • Amazing job! I have$0.20 with your name on it! – Voldemort's Wrath Oct 20 at 16:35
• Thanks! I'm already dreaming of the things I'll buy with that cash influx. ;-) – Jens Oct 20 at 16:49
• Half a piece of bubble gum :):) – Voldemort's Wrath Oct 20 at 17:11