Story Details

You're George, an old man that usually goes to a kiosk every morning in order to buy the newspaper. So, as usual, you left home at 8:15am and you went to the kiosk to buy the daily newspaper.

It would be a normal day if you didn't find a single page of a magazine next to the newspapers. You take a look at it and you start searching for magazines with similar pages but none of them seem to be related. You take a deeper look and you notice that the page has two page numbers, one at the top (156) and one at the bottom (182), and that it seems like an entertainment page of a weekly magazine so you decide to take it home, after all, you love to solve those word games!

Page Details


Author: Martha


  1. An error or mistake.
  2. A number.
  3. A person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.
  4. To cause, permit or enable to go.


  1. A public thoroughfare.
  2. A single sheet of paper for writing.

Word Search

NY Times, Thurday, Apr 30, 2015 Martha J. Elizabeth


Amazing Opportunity! Hiring Immediately!
Our top s□les make reps over $100,000 per year with m□ny earni□g more!

Are you:
- self motivat□d
- able to communicate clearly

Th□n don't hes□tate, call t□day and we will have you ear□ing money tomorrow!
Call 273-1283 to se□ up a phone inte□view with t□e sales manager, the renowned Paul Richard.

As soon as you get home, you sit in the sofa and decide to take a look at it. What did you find out?

This is my first riddle but I hope it is challenging enough! Have fun.

I'm sorry, I messed up with the word search, I edited it and I gave away a huge hint to compensate.

  • $\begingroup$ Is the "J" in the wordsearch misaligned on purpose? (3rd row down, 3rd from the right) Although at second glance looks like the I's are all in the same situation. $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ It's not misaligned on purpose. $\endgroup$
    – drew
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ I am not sure this is really a "riddle", but it definitely looks like an intriguing puzzle. :) $\endgroup$
    – axavio
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 20:34

2 Answers 2


Some partials

Crossword confirmed by OP:


Fault, Three/Seven, Author, Send?


Street, Page/Side


Could indicate page number or wordsearch author are to be used somewhere. Could indicate sending required. perhaps 156/182 are useful? Letters from answers are FaultSevenAuthorSendStreetPage; Possible anagram? Contains; Letters, pattern, reveal, unused, have, found.

Personal favourite possibility:


Word Search (Non-image):



Found, MAX UP GO SUCK CAP VIM CUE MOG 'ZINE PEG (+ MUG, GUM, TAU, PHI, and maybe UAT thanks @GordonAllocman). Not overly helpful, cipher required? See notes. Referred to old word search. OP confirms new is cipher. 31 red letters, 31 letters from crossword answers (dupe shared letters), no luck as a key so far, no obvious shape to red letters, how to arrange? If red letters is a crossword style, we can't dupe shared letters or counts wouldn't match.

Got the word search:

Each crossword answer is a key to one of the 'words' in the word search: GOMD-FAULT-Boss, SWMIVMAL - STREET - AdvertIs, ZIYS - SEND - Help, DMII - SEVEN - Line, CUSFTR - PAGE - Number, KCWUOG - AUTHOR - Kidnap.


Including key in message, it could read: Fault Boss, Send Help! Advert Is Street; line seven, page number. Kidnap Author! .. An instruction to kidnap Martha J. Elizabeth perhaps?


No idea how this would be possible without the red letters or how the keys get transferred to the layout (I tried all of them).


Missing letters, AANEEIONTRH. Not useful as a cipher to word search, convert to numbers (Line Number) using ordinal mod 10: 11455954088 or 004344843977?

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    $\begingroup$ Hadn't thought about those alternative answers to 3 and 5 $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ You're partially right about the crossword, once you find out more you'll be able to decide which ones are correct. Cipher is required in order to solve as I pointed out in the tags. :) $\endgroup$
    – drew
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 15:22
  • $\begingroup$ It's not important but I'll edit the post. Thank you APrough. $\endgroup$
    – drew
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ You missed MUG, GUM, TAU, PHI, and maybe UAT in the word search $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 19:55
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    $\begingroup$ The anagram avenue looks promising. The question is whether the crossers that belong to two words should be included or not. (They probably should, because that gives you two more e's.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 6:08

Partial Answer (or just a helping guide for others)

I believe the crossword's solution is:


  1. An error or mistake.


  1. A number.

Seven (old answer was Three)

  1. A person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.


  1. To cause, permit or enable to go.



  1. A public thoroughfare.


  1. A single sheet of paper for writing.


The Complete Crossword:

Crossword Solution

  • $\begingroup$ You're partially right on the crossword. $\endgroup$
    – drew
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 15:34
  • $\begingroup$ I think the number is the mistake on the crossword; try with SEVEN $\endgroup$
    – EKons
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ The crossword is correct yes but that doesn't say anything about the final answer. $\endgroup$
    – drew
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 18:03
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    $\begingroup$ @drew Still working on that, haha $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 18:03

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