Wednesday, August 23, 2023

"Plain As the Pug Nose on That Moon Face of Yours"

"Money Talks About Murder."
By Ray Black (n.d.).
First appearance: Mammoth Detective, March 1943.
Puzzle (2 pages).
Online at starting (HERE) and finishing (HERE).

   "A minute mystery to test your detective ability. Can you find the answer? There are several clues."

For a smart cop, a couple of blood-smeared dollar bills inevitably point towards the 
murderer . . . .

~ The victim: Sam Frasier.
~ The police: Patrolman Kindellen and Detective Inspector Jennings.
~ The suspects: Frank Mattison, Symmes Perry, and Bill Joiner.

References and resource:
- "an office in the Flatiron Building":
  Like many an eyesore, the locals have come to love it over time. See Wikipedia (HERE).
- "parimutuel machines":
  They're used in a rather complicated way for betting on the ponies. See Wikipedia (HERE).
Ray Black wasn't what you'd call prolific; FictionMags gives him just two credits:
  (1) "Death by Radio" (puzzle), Mammoth Detective, September 1942
  (2) "Money Talks About Murder" (puzzle), Mammoth Detective, March 1943 (above).

Unless otherwise noted, all bibliographical data are derived from The FictionMags Index created by William G. Contento & edited by Phil Stephensen-Payne.

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