18 January, 2011
EMMA MAILL is an amazing name. First up, all her consonants are Roman numerals. Look at them: MMMLL. This Sydney writer joins a rare coterie that includes such luminaries as Lady Di and journo David Dale.
And secondly, Emma was the name attached to a note I received this Xmas past. The note was tucked into a parcel that held two cufflinks, the A to Z of word-nerd chic. How gob-smacked was I? When not writing, Emma turns her hand to making artisan jewellery – a hobby to whittle writer’s block, she reckons.
‘Just enjoy the cufflinks,’ the note went. ‘Consider them a token of my appreciation for your investment in my grandfather’s cognisance. He’s been doing the Fairfax cryptic for years and is now a nonagenarian with a killer noggin!’
Wow. Thanks Grandpa Maill for being such a Diehard 9.0, and thanks Emma. Even now I’m lost for words, which doesn’t happen often. I’ll wear my Scrabble bling with zeal, any formal chance I get. As for those other Roman numeral honorees, treating Y as a vowel, try to crack these other clues:
- Black activist (7,1)
- Roman poet (4)
- Cape Fear avenger (3,4)
- Chrysler exec (3,7)
- Leading Women author (3,3)
- Ex-English XI coach… (5,5)
- …and ex-Oz bowler (4,4)
- 2010 World Cup hero (5,5)
- Three singers – from three different nations
Name any others in the Romanesque clique?"