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The Crossword Solver
HE PUB IS THE HUB –
And the hub of this pub is Pilot Ken, the affable crossword solver of the Bat and Ball, first to arrive and last to leave every drinking day.
So the stories of Ken and his companions unwind with pub-talk and laughter, some genuine, some hollow; peppered with Ken’s eccentric theories: Does space actually curve towards pubs? Abounding in arguments over politics and trivia, rich in personal tales and tragedies, large and small.
As the town slips further into terminal decline, Ken’s story weaves with the characters he drinks with. We travel with them on their fruitless tour in search of a new home and triumphant return, mapping the troubled, dying town where the pub is the last redoubt of decency, friendship and bar-room philosophy. Yet always there hovers the shadow of death-in-a-glass, from which nobody is exempt.
Crosswords, love, life, death. Love, life, death, crosswords.