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Body Found On Beach

2 December 1948, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 3

…As a result of looking at the work of Adam Yulch, and his index of laundry marks, it made me wonder if an indexer could have a look at this case, and possibly bring new evidence to light.   South Australian newspapers are digitised at Trove , currently including The Adelaide Advertiser , The Adelaide Morning Chronicle  (1948/49 not yet digitised), and  The Mail .  Page 3 of The Advertiser, 2nd December, 1948 mentions the finding of the body for the first time, while The Mail carried the first story on page 32 on 4th December, 1948 .   Here is a saved search for the word ‘Rubaiyat’ in Australian digitised newspapers at Trove between January 1948 and December 1950 , and it reveals a few stories about the case.  Helpfully, a number of newspaper articles in Trove have been tagged with ‘Taman Shud’ .  Considering the man appears to have arrived in Adelaide on 30.11.1948 by train (although there is the mysterious discovery of clothes on Somerton beach on 28.11.1948 ), a…

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ANOTHER BODY ON S.A. BEACH

4 December 1948, The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), page 32

…As a result of looking at the work of Adam Yulch, and his index of laundry marks, it made me wonder if an indexer could have a look at this case, and possibly bring new evidence to light.   South Australian newspapers are digitised at Trove , currently including The Adelaide Advertiser , The Adelaide Morning Chronicle  (1948/49 not yet digitised), and  The Mail .  Page 3 of The Advertiser , 2nd December, 1948 mentions the finding of the body for the first time, while The Mail carried the first story on page 32 on 4th December, 1948 .   Here is a saved search for the word ‘Rubaiyat’ in Australian digitised newspapers at Trove between January 1948 and December 1950 , and it reveals a few stories about the case.  Helpfully, a number of newspaper articles in Trove have been tagged with ‘Taman Shud’ .  Considering the man appears to have arrived in Adelaide on 30.11.1948 by train (although there is the mysterious discovery of clothes on Somerton beach on 28.11.1948 ), a search of all Australian newspapers using keywords like  “Keane OR Kean” , or  Somerton , might be useful because the man may have come…

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Mystery Somerton Find

29 November 1948, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 6

…The Mail .  Page 3 of The Advertiser , 2nd December, 1948 mentions the finding of the body for the first time, while The Mail carried the first story on page 32 on 4th December, 1948 .   Here is a saved search for the word ‘Rubaiyat’ in Australian digitised newspapers at Trove between January 1948 and December 1950 , and it reveals a few stories about the case.  Helpfully, a number of newspaper articles in Trove have been tagged with ‘Taman Shud’ .  Considering the man appears to have arrived in Adelaide on 30.11.1948 by train (although there is the mysterious discovery of clothes on Somerton beach on 28.11.1948 ), a search of all Australian newspapers using keywords like  “Keane OR Kean” , or  Somerton , might be useful because the man may have come from another state.  If the answer is in code, could the eagle eyes of an indexer find something waiting to be found in these newspapers, from just before the body of the man was discovered on 1st December, 1948, or just afterwards?…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,395 ACROSS

29 October 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 9

…the newspapers myself for something interesting to relate, I found the word ‘Omar’ in answer to a disproportionately large number of crossword questions in the Argus during 1948 – it turns up no less than 11 times  (NB: the Argus was a Melbourne based newspaper).  In comparison, the word ‘Omar’ doesn’t appear to figure in newspaper crosswords anywhere else in Australia that year.   In 1949, the word continues to crop up regularly in Argus crosswords .  The last time the word appears before the man died was in answer to a question for 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet’ in   Friday’s Argus, 29th October, 1948 (pg 9) , and the solution was published in Monday’s Argus , 1st November, 1948 (pg 13) .  I should stress, I am not suggesting this means anything, it is just an example of the sort of thing that might be found by a diligent indexer, who might bring a fresh eye to some of the facts surrounding the case – I can’t see any relevance at all for the word ‘Omar’ appearing so frequently in the Argus crosswords in 1948, it seems to be simply that the Rubaiyat was in the Zeitgeist at the time and the crossword developer may have been using…

…9.  Crossword 2395 Friday 29.10.1948 (pg 9)  Question 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 01.11.1948 (pg 13)…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD No, 2,396 ACROSS

1 November 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 13

…to a disproportionately large number of crossword questions in the Argus during 1948 – it turns up no less than 11 times  (NB: the Argus was a Melbourne based newspaper).  In comparison, the word ‘Omar’ doesn’t appear to figure in newspaper crosswords anywhere else in Australia that year.   In 1949, the word continues to crop up regularly in Argus crosswords .  The last time the word appears before the man died was in answer to a question for 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet’ in   Friday’s Argus , 29th October, 1948 (pg 9) , and the solution was published in Monday’s Argus, 1st November, 1948 (pg 13) .  I should stress, I am not suggesting this means anything, it is just an example of the sort of thing that might be found by a diligent indexer, who might bring a fresh eye to some of the facts surrounding the case – I can’t see any relevance at all for the word ‘Omar’ appearing so frequently in the Argus crosswords in 1948, it seems to be simply that the Rubaiyat was in the Zeitgeist at the time and the crossword developer may have been using the word to regularly fill gaps!…

…9.  Crossword 2395 Friday 29.10.1948 (pg 9)  Question 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 01.11.1948 (pg 13) 10. Crossword 2415 Friday 03.12.1948 (pg 13) Question 12 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 06.12.1948 (pg 8) 11. Crossword 2421 Wednesday 15.12.1948 (pg 8) Question 15 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Thursday 16.12.1948 (pg 13) I want to post some more information on this, and have been doing a little bit of statistical back-of-the-envelope stuff to see if ‘Omar’ is in fact turning up in results more often than most other words.  I expected that I would find that it was not, but my initial fairly simple work seems to suggest that the word is turning up a bit more often than other…

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"THE ARGUS"

1 January 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 8

…1.  Crossword 2223  Thursday 01.01.1948 (pg 8) Question 36 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Friday 02.01.1948 (pg 8)…

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"ARGUS" CROSSWORD No. 2,224

2 January 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 8

…1.  Crossword 2223  Thursday 01.01.1948 (pg 8) Question 36 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Friday 02.01.1948 (pg 8) 2.  Crossword 2234 Wednesday 21.01.1948 (pg 5) Question 17 ACROSS ‘Grandson of Esau.’ Results Thursday 22.01.1948 (pg 7) 3.  Crossword 2241 Monday 02.02.1948 (pg 7) Question 56 DOWN ‘Mosque of –, Jerusalem.’ Results Wednesday 04.02.1948 (pg 7) 4.  Crossword 2268 Friday 19.03.1948 (pg 7) Question 1 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 22.03.1948 (pg 7) 5.  Crossword 2305 Wednesday 26.05.1948 (pg 7) Question 37 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 27.05.1948 6.  Crossword 2321 Wednesday 23.06.1948 (pg 7) Question 55 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 24.06.1948 (pg 7) 7.  Crossword 2329 Wednesday 07.07.1948 (pg 7) Question 51 DOWN ‘Persian bard.’…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,234

21 January 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 5

…2.  Crossword 2234 Wednesday 21.01.1948 (pg 5) Question 17 ACROSS ‘Grandson of Esau.’ Results Thursday 22.01.1948 (pg 7)…

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'THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,235

22 January 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…2.  Crossword 2234 Wednesday 21.01.1948 (pg 5) Question 17 ACROSS ‘Grandson of Esau.’ Results Thursday 22.01.1948 (pg 7) 3.  Crossword 2241 Monday 02.02.1948 (pg 7) Question 56 DOWN ‘Mosque of –, Jerusalem.’ Results Wednesday 04.02.1948 (pg 7) 4.  Crossword 2268 Friday 19.03.1948 (pg 7) Question 1 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 22.03.1948 (pg 7) 5.  Crossword 2305 Wednesday 26.05.1948 (pg 7) Question 37 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 27.05.1948 6.  Crossword 2321 Wednesday 23.06.1948 (pg 7) Question 55 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 24.06.1948 (pg 7) 7.  Crossword 2329 Wednesday 07.07.1948 (pg 7) Question 51 DOWN ‘Persian bard.’ Results Thursday 08.07.1948 (pg 7) 8.  Crossword 2379 Friday 01.10.1948 (pg 15) Question 36 ACROSS ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,241

2 February 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…3.  Crossword 2241 Monday 02.02.1948 (pg 7) Question 56 DOWN ‘Mosque of –, Jerusalem.’ Results Wednesday 04.02.1948 (pg 7)…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,242

4 February 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…3.  Crossword 2241 Monday 02.02.1948 (pg 7) Question 56 DOWN ‘Mosque of –, Jerusalem.’ Results Wednesday 04.02.1948 (pg 7) 4.  Crossword 2268 Friday 19.03.1948 (pg 7) Question 1 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 22.03.1948 (pg 7) 5.  Crossword 2305 Wednesday 26.05.1948 (pg 7) Question 37 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 27.05.1948 6.  Crossword 2321 Wednesday 23.06.1948 (pg 7) Question 55 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 24.06.1948 (pg 7) 7.  Crossword 2329 Wednesday 07.07.1948 (pg 7) Question 51 DOWN ‘Persian bard.’ Results Thursday 08.07.1948 (pg 7) 8.  Crossword 2379 Friday 01.10.1948 (pg 15) Question 36 ACROSS ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Monday 04.10.1948 (pg 8) 9.  Crossword 2395 Friday 29.10.1948 (pg 9) Question 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,268

19 March 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…4.  Crossword 2268 Friday 19.03.1948 (pg 7) Question 1 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 22.03.1948 (pg 7)…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, NO 2,269

22 March 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…4.  Crossword 2268 Friday 19.03.1948 (pg 7) Question 1 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 22.03.1948 (pg 7) 5.  Crossword 2305 Wednesday 26.05.1948 (pg 7) Question 37 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 27.05.1948 6.  Crossword 2321 Wednesday 23.06.1948 (pg 7) Question 55 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 24.06.1948 (pg 7) 7.  Crossword 2329 Wednesday 07.07.1948 (pg 7) Question 51 DOWN ‘Persian bard.’ Results Thursday 08.07.1948 (pg 7) 8.  Crossword 2379 Friday 01.10.1948 (pg 15) Question 36 ACROSS ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Monday 04.10.1948 (pg 8) 9.  Crossword 2395 Friday 29.10.1948 (pg 9) Question 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 01.11.1948 (pg 13) 10. Crossword 2415 Friday 03.12.1948 (pg 13) Question 12 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 06.12.1948…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, NO 2,305

26 May 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…5.  Crossword 2305 Wednesday 26.05.1948 (pg 7) Question 37 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 27.05.1948…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,306

27 May 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…5.  Crossword 2305 Wednesday 26.05.1948 (pg 7) Question 37 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 27.05.1948 6.  Crossword 2321 Wednesday 23.06.1948 (pg 7) Question 55 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 24.06.1948 (pg 7) 7.  Crossword 2329 Wednesday 07.07.1948 (pg 7) Question 51 DOWN ‘Persian bard.’ Results Thursday 08.07.1948 (pg 7) 8.  Crossword 2379 Friday 01.10.1948 (pg 15) Question 36 ACROSS ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Monday 04.10.1948 (pg 8) 9.  Crossword 2395 Friday 29.10.1948 (pg 9) Question 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 01.11.1948 (pg 13) 10. Crossword 2415 Friday 03.12.1948 (pg 13) Question 12 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 06.12.1948 (pg 8) 11. Crossword 2421 Wednesday 15.12.1948 (pg 8) Question 15 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Thursday 16.12.1948…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,321

23 June 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…6.  Crossword 2321 Wednesday 23.06.1948 (pg 7) Question 55 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 24.06.1948 (pg 7)…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,322

24 June 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…6.  Crossword 2321 Wednesday 23.06.1948 (pg 7) Question 55 DOWN ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Thursday 24.06.1948 (pg 7) 7.  Crossword 2329 Wednesday 07.07.1948 (pg 7) Question 51 DOWN ‘Persian bard.’ Results Thursday 08.07.1948 (pg 7) 8.  Crossword 2379 Friday 01.10.1948 (pg 15) Question 36 ACROSS ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Monday 04.10.1948 (pg 8) 9.  Crossword 2395 Friday 29.10.1948 (pg 9) Question 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 01.11.1948 (pg 13) 10. Crossword 2415 Friday 03.12.1948 (pg 13) Question 12 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 06.12.1948 (pg 8) 11. Crossword 2421 Wednesday 15.12.1948 (pg 8) Question 15 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Thursday 16.12.1948 (pg 13) I want to post some more information on this, and have been doing a little bit…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD No 2,329

7 July 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…7.  Crossword 2329 Wednesday 07.07.1948 (pg 7) Question 51 DOWN ‘Persian bard.’ Results Thursday 08.07.1948 (pg 7)…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,330

8 July 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…7.  Crossword 2329 Wednesday 07.07.1948 (pg 7) Question 51 DOWN ‘Persian bard.’ Results Thursday 08.07.1948 (pg 7) 8.  Crossword 2379 Friday 01.10.1948 (pg 15) Question 36 ACROSS ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Monday 04.10.1948 (pg 8) 9.  Crossword 2395 Friday 29.10.1948 (pg 9) Question 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 01.11.1948 (pg 13) 10. Crossword 2415 Friday 03.12.1948 (pg 13) Question 12 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 06.12.1948 (pg 8) 11. Crossword 2421 Wednesday 15.12.1948 (pg 8) Question 15 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Thursday 16.12.1948 (pg 13) I want to post some more information on this, and have been doing a little bit of statistical back-of-the-envelope stuff to see if ‘Omar’ is in fact turning up in results more often…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, NO 2,379

1 October 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 15

…8.  Crossword 2379 Friday 01.10.1948 (pg 15) Question 36 ACROSS ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Monday 04.10.1948 (pg 8)…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No 2,380

4 October 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 8

…8.  Crossword 2379 Friday 01.10.1948 (pg 15) Question 36 ACROSS ‘Mosque in Jerusalem.’ Results Monday 04.10.1948 (pg 8) 9.  Crossword 2395 Friday 29.10.1948 (pg 9) Question 14 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 01.11.1948 (pg 13) 10. Crossword 2415 Friday 03.12.1948 (pg 13) Question 12 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 06.12.1948 (pg 8) 11. Crossword 2421 Wednesday 15.12.1948 (pg 8) Question 15 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Thursday 16.12.1948 (pg 13) I want to post some more information on this, and have been doing a little bit of statistical back-of-the-envelope stuff to see if ‘Omar’ is in fact turning up in results more often than most other words.  I expected that I would find that it was not, but my initial fairly…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, No. 2,415 ACROSS

3 December 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 13

…10. Crossword 2415 Friday 03.12.1948 (pg 13) Question 12 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 06.12.1948 (pg 8)…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD NO. 2,416

6 December 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 8

…10. Crossword 2415 Friday 03.12.1948 (pg 13) Question 12 DOWN ‘Persian poet.’ Results Monday 06.12.1948 (pg 8) 11. Crossword 2421 Wednesday 15.12.1948 (pg 8) Question 15 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Thursday 16.12.1948 (pg 13) I want to post some more information on this, and have been doing a little bit of statistical back-of-the-envelope stuff to see if ‘Omar’ is in fact turning up in results more often than most other words.  I expected that I would find that it was not, but my initial fairly simple work seems to suggest that the word is turning up a bit more often than other words.  There could be all sorts of reasons for this, not least being that it is…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, NO 2,421 ACROSS

15 December 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 8

…11. Crossword 2421 Wednesday 15.12.1948 (pg 8) Question 15 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Thursday 16.12.1948 (pg 13)…

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"THE ARGUS" CROSSWORD, NO 2,422 ACROSS

16 December 1948, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 13

…11. Crossword 2421 Wednesday 15.12.1948 (pg 8) Question 15 ACROSS ‘Persian poet.’ Results Thursday 16.12.1948 (pg 13) I want to post some more information on this, and have been doing a little bit of statistical back-of-the-envelope stuff to see if ‘Omar’ is in fact turning up in results more often than most other words.  I expected that I would find that it was not, but my initial fairly simple work seems to suggest that the word is turning up a bit more often than other words.  There could be all sorts of reasons for this, not least being that it is a simple word – 2 vowels and 2 consonants, and thus it is favoured by this crossword…