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Daphne Pratt was big in the puzzle world -- until her murder at a crossword tournament. Solve the puzzles to unmask her killer.
Daphne Pratt was big in the puzzle world -- until her murder at a crossword tournament. Solve the puzzles to unmask her killer.
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If you want the hammer of justice to rain righteous blows upon Daphne Pratt's killer, you have a moral obligation to back this project. The puzzles are fun, too. 

Never solved a meta-crossword before? Don't worry! There's a built-in plot mechanism that will allow even meta-newbies to solve "Murder by Meta" like a champ.

You can also read my short article "Introduction to Meta Crossword Puzzles" to get the general idea. After reading that you can try an easy meta at my site here. You’ll need to scroll down to “THIS WEEK’S INSTRUCTIONS,” and make sure you’re solving the puzzle entitled “State Lines.”

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Unless someone pulls a Daphne Pratt on me, there's not much danger of this project going uncompleted. I've been writing a weekly meta-crossword every week for over five years.

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