The last copy of News of the World was closely read by lovers of acrostics – the fine art of hiding secret messages in a proper newspaper article, or other text.
Despite two senior executives from outside the Screws’ newsroom scanning the paper for defiant missives before publication, journalists successfully hid their revenge on Rebekah Brooks in the crossword.
“Disaster”, “tart”, “menace”, “stench” and “racket” were among the answers, while clues included “Woman stares wildly at calamity”, “criminal enterprise”, “repel odd change that’s regretted” and “mix in prison”, with “Brook” and “lamented”, “stink” and “catastrophe” lobbed in for good measure.
The Guardian article goes on to recall other great examples of the form, including the Daily Mirror’s 1989 cartoon of the Berlin Wall which included a scrawl against the newspaper’s hated owner Robert Maxwell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s unlikely F – U – C … appearing in the left-hand margin of a letter to a Democrat assemblyman.
ELVIS LIVES once appeared in the first letters of an editorial of our local Murdoch tabloid growing up (the editor was later sacked). Most painstaking however was computer science student Mayniac182 spending five hours to format his paper to include a Never Gonna Give You Up in a college Rickroll, below.