05/14/2013 03:29 pm ET

Jumble Marriage Proposal: Woman Gets Surprise After Solving Puzzle


One Canadian woman had to put her puzzle-solving skills to the test in order to get her marriage proposal.

Canadian IT worker James Dunn proposed to his girlfriend, nurse Stephanie Bandurka, by writing his own version of the Starweek magazine Jumble that included one very important question: "Will you marry me?"

The Toronto Star reported Tuesday that Dunn worked with the Jumble creators and illustrator, as well as Starweek editors, to create a special Jumble that required Bandurka -- a huge word puzzle fan -- to unscramble several words, including "windy," "rummy," "taller" and "monkey." A few letters in each word were circled, and when unscrambled, they spelled "Will you marry me."

Dunn had the proposal printed on the same paper Starweek uses, and snuck his custom Jumble into the magazine's Friday issue before handing it over to Bandurka. She went straight for the Jumble and, after solving it, Dunn got down on one knee and gave her a ring. She said "yes!"

“Here I thought I was going to have a nice quiet evening, watch some TV and just do my puzzles. Boy, was I wrong," Bandurka told the Toronto Star.

Newspapers have been used to pop the question before. Another puzzle enthusiast completed the Washington Post's crossword puzzle to find that the words spelled out, "Will you marry me" in 2011. Last month, an English man took out a full-page ad in the local newspaper to ask his girlfriend to marry him.

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