How about a few Crush names?…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s octopus is the one having fun constantly slithering down, and blocking, the up-escalator in the posh department store.

Are you a writer? Do you write stories or novels? Do you ever find that you have a great idea for a plot, but can’t come up with interesting and memorable names for your characters?
There’s nothing worse for one of your readers going through some otherwise interesting prose of yours and half-way through realising that they have forgotten the names of the people who inhabit it. They have to go back to the beginning to try to sort them all out and get them straight in their heads. What you need is a stock of character names that will stay with the reader, and perhaps also provide a little mental snapshot of the person. Who would want to read a tale involving: Mr A Smith, Mrs P Jones and that awful dirty Mr B Brown?
Veronica Crush (writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, now living in New York with tall tree surgeon and heir to a multimillion dollar fortune, Monty Tick) has just sent me a nice bunch of her spare character names; she comes up with several every day apparently, far more than she could ever use in her writing.
Through these blog pages of mine Veronica gives them away to the literary world, free of charge, for any struggling writer who might need one or two to brighten up their current anodyne yarn.
As usual, she has included one real person in the list – see if you can spot which one it is. The answer may be found via the link at the foot of the page.

Joan and Brad Cheeser
Sir George Reptile MD
Detective Inspector Alf Ralph Alpha
Barbara-Ann Fleshy
Manny Mammal DSO
Lady Jane Sanskrit
Roy Montefiori-Cowhorse
Marty Cracknell MA
Henry Herbert La Thang
Captain Gooseteeze RN
Baron Karl Otto Schmedel
Felix Samovar-Hutz
Rory ‘Big Boy’ Snetterton
Caroline Steeb-Wepps RA
Grace Underfyre
Mycroft Stealth QC
Florence Sorrence Laurence
Hercule Testy
Ed Babcock Bootyman

Click here for the solution to today’s puzzle.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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8 Responses to How about a few Crush names?…

  1. And here’s me thinking it was Marty Cracknell MA…..clearly far too ordinary a name these days. 🙂

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Joan AND Brad Cheeser? Well, this is a new one for Veronica! I suppose that is one of “political correctness,” pointing to the equality of multiple personalities?

  3. Dana Doran says:

    No no! The balance of the list is comprised of names of single individuals ….leading one to believe that Joan and Brad are one single individual with two competing personalities, ’cause of female and male names…’s really pretty funny …I thought…now I’m not so sure of your brilliance…maybe it was the coffee this morning? Hey, did someone spike the coffee? (no answer).

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