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Puzzle mania

I think I have a head for puzzles. In my sick leave from work I’ve been pounding through the Kakuro and killer sudoku puzzles like no-one’s business, and I’ve also been doing a little bit of local history. Where shall the twain meet, you cry? Well they’re essentially the same thing – find a piece here, fit it to another there, link it in and add it up.

So, you can work out in kakuro that, say, fitting 7 into three spaces can only have the combination 1-2-4, or permutations thereof. So, we fit it into the puzzle and where it intersects with a row demanding 34 out of five spaces, we know the junction must be 4. 36 only fits into five spaces with 9-8-7-6-4. You follow?

So where does genealogy research into one of Tottenham’s great families fit in? Well, we have Luke Howard, FRS, the “namer of clouds” at number seven Bruce Grove, then his son, John Eliot Howard at Lordship Lane. Four or five of JEH’s children married Lloyds, from Birmingham. There’s Lloyds, Howards, Eliots, and assorted hangers-on like Braithwaites, Westons, Braithwaites, Crewdsons and the like. They all connect: it’s just like fitting the pieces into one big sudoku. Quite satisfying, not to mention the various accomplishments and interests of the family and its various branches:

  • Meteorologists friendly with Goethe
  • Chemists who introduce quinine to the general population
  • Tottenham’s first MP
  • Samuel Lloyd as in, Lloyd’s of London
  • Diarists
  • Quaker luminaries
  • Prison reformers

I’m still on the look out for one Nora Giddings to have been housemaid or something to the Howards: that would put me in the tree. The Ultimate Sudoku/Genealogy Fusion Accomplishment, if you will.


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  1. […] fighting the Dutch and establishing missions amongst the Tupi), I’ve also been doing some Tottenham back-story (via the quakers of 16th/17th century London) and most recently reading The Illustrated Pepys, […]

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