• Rod Siller

    You’d better make sure you get tickets as he was sold out in Australia. People lined up in the streets outside – they had to bring in big flat screen TV’s. Hope the venue is big enough.

  • Iona

    : http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Aristocrat-admits-tale-of-lost.3340554.jp ) From the article:
    Mr Monckton told The Scotsman that the story about him being forced to sell Crimonmogate, his 67-room pile near Peterhead, had been invented to boost sales. In fact, he said he had made a healthy profit from the first version of the puzzle, despite it being solved so quickly.
    “[The house sale] was the story which the PR people dreamed up after we had three months of the best sales that any puzzle had ever had,” he said. “They wanted to keep the momentum going to take us through to Christmas.

    “I was selling the house anyway and they asked me if I would be willing to tell people I was selling the house because I was afraid somebody might solve the puzzle too fast. I said ‘yes’. They said, ‘Don’t you mind being made to look an absolute prat’, and I said, ‘No – I’m quite used to that’. History is full of stories that aren’t actually true.

    “We sold shed-loads of extra puzzles and I made an handsome profit – and I sold the house as well.” ‘