Do any of you do crossword puzzles? I do. Specifically the New York Times Crosswords. I have a book of 500 daily crosswords in the bathroom, and I have a book of 500 Sunday crosswords in the car.
The dailies are generally a lot easier than the Sundays. I finish about 8 out of 10 dailies in single sittings, but when I finish a Sunday crossword, it really feels like an accomplishment.
I never look anything up; I would consider that cheating, and I also don’t look up the answers in the back of the book when I’ve gone through the whole book. I simply start over, going through the crosswords that I didn’t finish the first time around.
There are crossword puzzle apps, but I prefer the books. It took me a while to figure out how to do the crosswords digitally, and I found it extremely annoying. I want to see the whole puzzle at once; I want to be able to pencil some letters in lightly to see if that will jog my memory, and you just can’t do that on an app.
I don’t do the crosswords just for the sake of finishing them. That’s why I do the NYT puzzles. I like the challenge. I love figuring out what word is asked for and coming to the solutions from different directions.
What I love about the NYT puzzles is that most of them have a few cryptic clues. It can take quite a while to figure out the code, and once I have, the rest is relatively easy.
Since I moved my Sunday puzzles to the car, I’ve been working on the same one for months. When I pick it up, it’s almost like snuggling under the covers with a book and reading where I left off. It’s familiar, but there’s still more to do.
If you puzzle, tell me about it. What rules do you set for yourself? What kind do you do, and where?