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Deadline for all Characters

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

The final date for submission of the solution to Cain's Jawbone is 19 September - this weekend!

Well done to all who have attempted to identify the murdered and the murderers.

Thank you to all who subscribed to this publication; thanks to Tom Gauld for the wonderful cover; thanks to Unbound for breathing life into this adventure.


Cover Reveal

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Cain's jawbone

Hello all,

Thank you for your support and patience on Cain’s Jawbone. We’re sure you’re looking forward to receiving your box and starting to solve the puzzle in autumn this year.

We’re also thrilled to officially reveal the cover, designed by the fantastic illustrator Tom Gauld, in all its glory:

At midnight this Sunday 20 January (GMT) we’ll be closing the supporter list for the book…

Thank you

Thursday, 5 April 2018

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Thank you to all subscribers who have waited patiently (and why not also to those who have waited impatiently) for this project to reach the target of 100% Funded.  It has been reached.  All at Shandy Hall are delighted and we wait to hear what is the next step. 

Examples of books from Shandy Hall that blur the boundaries

Myriorama for Shandy Hall by Tom Gauld. Twelve pictorial cards that…

John Dickson Carr, Torquemada & Sterne

Monday, 19 February 2018

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John Dickson Carr, 1936 (National Portrait Gallery)

A man and his pipe used to be a common pairing for the photographer. The combination denoting a thoughtful man at ease.


John Dickson Carr, The Hollow Man, 1935 - in 1981 was voted 'the best locked room mystery of all time'.



ONE evening only a year ago, I met a man and…

More glimpses into the world of crosswords, art and hair-dressing.

Monday, 8 January 2018

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Happy End of January!

We are getting closer to the 100% target thanks to your wonderful support.

Congratulations to those who managed to solve all of the clues to the Christmas Pudding crossword.

If you sucessfully completed it then your vocabulary might have been enriched by Torquemada's encyclopaedic mind. We now know the words for a 'seclusion of Indian women' and 'a person who takes care…

A Christmas Crossword

Thursday, 14 December 2017

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Thank you to all 299 of you who have supported Cain's Jawbone so far. Please share the project with your friends and perhaps pledge a copy of Cain's Jawbone to include their name as a Christmas gift?

To help you get inside Torquemada's brain, and understand how it works, we have taken one of his crosswords from 112 Best Crossword Puzzles

"Lots of fun, very fair, very hard"

Friday, 17 November 2017

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Cain's Jawbone is now 60% funded thanks to your support and enthusiasm for bringing this 'vintage murder mystery' back to life.

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Thanks to The Guardian archive for the digital scans of the solution of the first 'Feeler' crossword by Torquemada (Edward Powys Mathers). Though the puzzles are timeless, the type however was not and is, by contemporary standards, somewhat…

THE BRAIN OF TORQUEMADA aka Edward Powys Mathers (1892 – 1939)

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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All at Shandy Hall would like to thank you for your support for this unusual, ‘Unbound’ book project as we are over half way to funding the publication of ‘Cain’s Jawbone’.

The book will come in a box which will contain 100 loose pages of a murder mystery story which you will be able to spread out over a table and begin to work out which page follows which. That doesn’t sound too difficult…

Publication date: September 2019
198% funded
853 backers