"The Tip-Off"

"Match wits with Jerry the gas-station attendant."

I wanted to call this one "S.O.S." — which would have been the perfect title — but editor Fred Dannay was concerned that using that title would give away the end of the story. Fred was notorious for changing titles and usually right . . . but this time I still think he made the wrong call.

This story was reprinted under my original title as a standalone pamphlet, which was given as a bonus to everyone who bought the hardcovered edition of The Adventures of the Puzzle Club from Crippen & Landru Publishers at the beginning of 2023.

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