A big hug and kiss and oodles of thanks for my husband, David Meisel, who has been my computer guru. He is always nearby, working on his mathematically involved computer programs, and takes time out to lend a hand. Who knew retirement would be like this!
Many thanks to my family members and friends for their hours of proofing: first and foremost, my daughter Catherine – her love of Jane Austin almost equals mine; Louise Rankin in Florida; and Catherine and Paul McGinnis in Pennsylvania. Thanks to my Geneseo Book Group for their support, too.
Thanks, too, to my friends in the Jane Austen Society in Rochester, who worked through earlier versions of assorted puzzles with many perplexed faces and questions. Their confusion brought me to improvements. Their encouragement has kept me hopeful that other Janeites will enjoy working on these puzzles as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
Thanks to Matthew Kominiarek for his keen eye and graphic design help. He brought another whole dimension to this work.
Web design credits go to Adam Keuer with my eternal gratitude. Who knew I’d need a web presence!
A special thanks to Edith Lank and Celia Easton for their kind words, found on the back cover.
Technical aspects thanks to Apple and Acorn, and map help from the Historical County Borders Project (www.county-borders.co.uk). Definition help came from Wikipedia and the Dell Crossword Dictionary.