38-year-old British lawyer Matthew Dick came up with the message encrypted in a crossword for his girlfriend Delyth Hughes and published it in The Times newspaper, Joinfo.ua reports referring to The Associated Press.
The crossword with questions to Hughes appeared in Tuesday's issue of The Times. According to the Briton, he showed a friend the newspaper with the "coded message" during the breakfast, and some key words were already underlined. Then the lawyer gave his beloved the ring.
"She looked so surprised and didn't say anything for about 30 seconds, before then she saying 'No', which she thought was hilarious. But she did then say 'Yes'", Dick said. In turn, Hughes admitted that she was shocked." I've heard all the engagement stories but this one trumps them all," she said.
The Times crossword editor Richard Rogan says that his newspaper included a marriage proposal in the crossword for the first time. He added it was "a one-off" that wouldn't be repeated.