Word Search Puzzle

Search the grid to find the names of these California writers and their creations. Look
only for the words IN CAPS, but not the explanatory parts provided in parentheses.
Names can run up, down, across, diagonally, backward or forward, and some round
the bend – starting in one direction and then shifting to another. One – Ambrose
Bierce – takes two separate lines, a subtle reference to the circumstances of the
editor/storyteller/scathing satirist’s life and death. We know his birth date (1842) but
not when he died, because he rode off to join Pancho Villa in Mexico in 1913 and his
fate remains unknown.

The Puzzle

The Solution

AMBROSE (Bierce)
(Ambrose) BIERCE
AMY TAN
BRET HARTE
CALL (of) THE WILD
(“Celebrated Jumping) FROG (of Calaveras County, The” – Mark Twain story)
DASHIELL HAMMETT
GEORGE (Sterling)
GERALD (Haslam)
GRAPES (of Wrath)
HELEN HUNT JACKSON
HENRY MILLER
INA COOLBRITH
JACK LONDON

JOADS (family from Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath)
JOAQUIN (Miller)
JOHN MUIR
JOHN STEINBECK

LANNY BUDD (hero of Upton Sinclair’s World’s End series)
L. FRANK BAUM
MARK TWAIN

OZ (location of L. Frank Baum’s series, perhaps inspired by the city of
Coronado where Baum spent many winters)
RAMONA
RANGE
of Light (what John Muir called the Sierra Nevada)
RAY BRADBURY
RAYMOND CHANDLER
RICHARD
H(enry) DANA (Jr.)
Riders of the Purple SAGE (Zane Grey’s classic Western)
ROSS MACDONALD
(Sam) SPADE (Dashiell Hammett’s definitive private eye)
SAROYAN (William)
(Two Years Before the) MAST (Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s saga of life at sea)
(Upton) SINCLAIR
WHITE (Fang – Jack London novel)
ZANE GREY

The Puzzle

The Solution