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Post  Guest on Sun 10 Jul - 18:09

'Brook, criminal enterprise, catastrophe': How Rebekah's clueless proofreaders failed to spot parting shot in NotW crossword
Host of sardonic phrases printed despite Brooks ‘sending in Sun men’
Clues included: ‘Mix in prison’, ‘string of recordings’ and ‘woman stares wildly at calamity’
Answers counted: ‘Deplored’, ‘stench’, ‘stir’, ‘disaster’ ‘menace’, ‘desist’, ‘racket’ and ‘tart’
Final edition printed as nine journalists and three police officers face arrest
By JULIAN GAVAGHAN
Last updated at 4:57 PM on 10th July 2011

Aware that News of the World staff might use their final edition to fire a parting shot at her, Rebekah Brooks is said to have instructed two senior executives to read the paper with a ‘fine toothcomb’.
According to sources, they received the simple instruction to ‘ensure there were no libels or any hidden mocking messages of the chief executive’ of News International.
However, while the news pages may have been sanitised of any subliminal messages, the proofreaders appear to have failed to spot some less subtle jibes in the crossword section.



Among the clues in the ‘Quicky’ puzzle were: ‘Brook’, ‘stink’, ‘catastrophe’, ‘digital protection’, ‘cease’, ‘lamented’, ‘servant’ and ‘prestige’.
The Cryptic Crossword was perhaps even more sardonic, with clues including: ‘Criminal enterprise, ‘mix in prison’, ‘string of recordings’, ‘will fear new security measure’.
Also among them was the hint ‘woman stares wildly at calamity’ – which may refer to the photograph of Mrs Brooks’s stony-faced departure from the News International HQ in Wapping, east London, on Thursday after staff were told the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper would be shut down.
Answers printed on page 47 counted: ‘Deplored’, ‘stench’, ‘stir’, ‘disaster’ ‘menace’, ‘desist’, ‘racket’ and ‘tart’.
Also there was ‘firewall’, which may have referred to the anger felt by NotW journalists after internet access was blocked by bosses for ‘operational reasons’.
A source at the paper told MailOnline: ‘Rebekah tried everything to stop the staff having the last word and she utterly failed.

‘She brought in two very senior Sun journalists to go though every line on every page with a fine toothcomb to ensure there were no libels or any hidden mocking messages of the chief executive.
‘But they they failed and we’ve had the last laugh.’
The apparent parting shot in print was made as editor Colin Myler led staff out to the pub after the NotW signed off after 168 years with the headline: 'Thank You & Goodbye'.

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Waiting TV cameramen and photographers captured the emotional scene as nearly 200 journalists walked out of Wapping and into an uncertain future.
Mr Myler, who has edited the paper since Andy Coulson’s regin ended in 2007, said: 'As you can see this is the latest and last News of the World.'
He went on: 'It is the 8,674th edition after 168 years. Its not a position that any editor would want, to close a title and, of course, I didn't close it.
'I want to pay tribute to these wonderful team of people here who after a very difficult day have produced a wonderful paper.


Focus of ire: Rupert Murdoch reading the last ever News of the World today as he was driven to Wapping and Rebekah Brooks, on Thursday, looking perhaps like the crossword clue: 'Woman stares wildly at calamity'

The last word: Copies of the final edition of the News of the World are printed on the presses at Wapping
'It is a sad day for the staff, this is not where we want to be and not where we deserve to be.
'As a final tribute to seven-and-a-half million readers, this is for you - and for the staff, thank you,
'And now in the best traditions of Fleet Street, we are going to the pub.'
It was the climax of an emotional day at the Sunday tabloid's Wapping headquarters and came as News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch prepared to fly to the UK to deal personally with the swiftly unfolding phone hacking crisis which brought the paper to its knees.
The newspaper's front and back pages are covered with images of past exclusives and scoops, and the edition contains a 48-page pull-out.
It promises its readers that profits from the edition will go to charity.
A sub-headline reads: 'After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5m loyal readers.'And in the top right corner are the words: 'The world's greatest newspaper 1843-2011'.
On social networking site Twitter, staff spoke of the 'very emotional' atmosphere in the newsroom as the paper was put to bed for the last time.

CLUES (PROOFREADERS MISSED)
BROOK
STINK
CATASTROPHE
DIGITAL PROTECTION
CEASE
LAMENT
CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE
MIX IN PRISON
STRING OF RECORDINGS
WOMAN STATES WILDLY AT CALAMITY
ANSWERS (THEY FAILED TO SPOT)
DEPLORED
STATUS
STENCH
STIR
DISASTER
FIREWALL
MENACE
DESIST
RACKET
TART


Sub-editors also seem to have put together a special front page for staff, headlined 'Best in the world' and with the poignant picture of all the newsroom team gathered together on their final day.
Some five million copies of the paper were set to begin rolling off printing presses late this evening, as more than 200 members of staff were due to be leaving their desks for the final time.
Today's edition of the Sunday paper goes out after what has been described as a 'sad' day by its contributors.

Mr Myler rallied staff together with a personal email to his journalists.

'It's not where we want to be and it's not where we deserve to be,' he wrote.
'But I know we will produce a paper to be proud of.'
After an intense day in the office, the final edition highlights the paper's long history of successful campaigns and dramatic revelations.



Final laugh: One of the News of the World staff wears a a T-shirt with a poignant message

Message: A reader sends in a note telling the paper how she will miss the News of the World on Sundays Sweet treat: A box of cupcakes spelling out the News of the World sits temptingly on one of the desks
On its back page are two quotes. The first, from George Orwell's Decline of the English Murder, 1946, reads: 'It is Sunday afternoon, preferably before the war.

'The wife is already asleep in the armchair and the children have been sent out for a nice long walk.
'You put your feet up on the sofa, settle your spectacles on your nose, and open the News of the World.'
The second quotation, from Jeanne Hobson, Lymington, Hants, and written this year, states: 'I have read this paper since I was old enough to read newspapers.

'I'm 68 now. I cannot imagine Sundays without you.

'I will always remember the News of the World for the good things you have brought to light. I am sad to say goodbye to my Sunday favourite.'

As the investigation into the alleged phone hacking and police bribes continued, it emerged that nine journalists and three officers may face arrest.

A News International spokesman refused to comment.


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Post  chrissie on Sun 10 Jul - 18:33

This has really made me laugh! I've always bought it cos of the three crosswords I do with my O/H! Didn't realise earlier but this has made me chuckle. Going to forward the link to him
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Post  Guest on Sun 10 Jul - 18:35

Oh, I laughed out loud

Good on them!!
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Post  chrissie on Sun 10 Jul - 18:51

carmen wrote:Oh, I laughed out loud

Good on them!!

Too right!

Sad bit is when we were doing the crosswords early it never clicked. Time I got me coat I think lol
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Post  Bobsy on Sun 10 Jul - 18:57

And now they are without a job. Having being made redundant at age 50 they have all my sympathy. Times now are much more difficult to secure employment.
Perhaps they could take some leads from the McCanns enterprises, they could make millions.
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Post  almostgothic on Sun 10 Jul - 19:01

Well done them!

It reminds me of a story told by a lecturer to me and fellow students about a group of seaside rock factory employees who were suddenly made redundant without warning.
They were obviously angry about this, but they all turned up for their last day at work and produced the confectionery as usual.
It was only discovered, far too late, that every stick of rock they had made, instead of displaying the name of the resort, had the words 'F*** OFF' embedded right through them ...
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Post  chrissie on Sun 10 Jul - 19:04

almostgothic wrote:Well done them!

It reminds me of a story told by a lecturer to me and fellow students about a group of seaside rock factory employees who were suddenly made redundant without warning.
They were obviously angry about this, but they all turned up for their last day at work and produced the confectionery as usual.
It was only discovered, far too late, that every stick of rock they had made, instead of displaying the name of the resort, had the words 'F*** OFF' embedded right through them ...

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Post  Angelique on Sun 10 Jul - 23:47

He who laughs last, laughs the loudest!
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Post  Guest on Mon 11 Jul - 0:22

People v Arno 1979 - Los Angeles, CA.

The two defenders - Norman Arno and Leonard Steer - were accused of distributing obscene films. The two lawyers involved detested each other with a passion and it showed in court. Here's part of the testimony of the City DA, which was entered into official court records.

FN 1 We do not denigrate the opinion of the appellate department. It is exceedingly well analyzed, researched and crafted. Our sole reason for not adopting it is a minor disagreement with the manner of expressing the controlling principle.

FN 2 We feel compelled by the nature of the attack in the dissenting opinion to spell out a response:

1. Some answer is required to the dissent's charge.

2. Certainly we do not endorse "victimless crime."

3. How that question is involved escapes us.

4. Moreover, the constitutional issue is significant.

5. Ultimately it must be addressed in light of precedent.

6. Certainly the course of precedent is clear.

7. Knowing that, our result is compelled. (See Funk & Wagnall's The New Cassell's German Dict., p. 408, in conjunction with fn. 6 of dis. opn. of Douglas, J., in Ginsberg v. New York (1967) 390 U.S. 629, 655-656 [20 L.Ed.2d 195, 212-213, 88 S.Ct. 1274].)

The first letters of list FN2 spell the word "schmuck", officially recorded in California legal records for all time, and is the Yiddish word for "pr*ck".
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Post  kitti on Mon 11 Jul - 7:19

Tart....lol
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Post  Guest on Mon 11 Jul - 8:12

kitti wrote:Tart....lol

Yeah, it was well funny. I hope if anyone's got a NOTW they have saved it, it will be a collectors' item because of that xword.
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Post  cass on Mon 11 Jul - 10:01

the 48 questions kate refused to answer would have been nice on the front page parting shot
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