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December 28th, 2004

Crosswords and Search-a-Words

A month ago, I mentioned that one of my favorite things about the Sunday paper is the crossword. The Chicago Tribune has a pretty good one, in fact. But that got me to wondering just how many people still do crosswords and search-a-words.

My grandmother used to do search-a-words religiously. We’d get her a few big, big books of search-a-words for Christmas and she would keep at ’em all year long… keeping the mind sharp. I enjoy search-a-words, but I like crosswords more. In my household it felt like you could like one or the other but not both.

I think my interest in crosswords started back in the 5th grade or so, when a teacher introduced me to Games magazine – one which I still enjoy every now and then. The crosswords were always a good challenge.

So what about you? Do you still do any pencil games?

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 28, 2004 -- 8:26:53 am
I used to like the logic puzzles that came in the big book o games. I was never a crossword person.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 28, 2004 -- 9:45:39 am
Oh, yes.

I used to be a big crossword fan. My problem with them is that the complexity is so variable. New York Times crosswords: impossible, and their funky rules ("today, draw a cat in a square to stand for the letters C-A-T") that they DO NOT TELL YOU ABOUT IN ADVANCE are just frustrating. And the ones in my local paper are just trivial. Big books of puzzles are okay, but usually the first 20% are trivial and the last 20% impossible.

My current fave puzzles are the "cross sums" -- somewhat like a crossword but with numbers. Each square is a number, you're told the sum of each row and column and that no number repeats in a row.

If you're into puzzle magazines, here's a little known fact: Dell and Penny Press are the same company.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday December 28, 2004 -- 1:08:49 pm

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 28, 2004 -- 1:28:47 pm
My girlfriend works for TV Guide, so she got my parents a gift subscription, so they could keep up. Turns out the only thing they use it for is the weekly crossword puzzles in back. They have become die-hard puzzle fans. Go figure.

DATE: Tuesday December 28, 2004 -- 11:39:13 pm
Hmm 2d, black and white, reading, educaional, politically correct, non violent? not my definition of fun.

FROM: Kate
DATE: Tuesday December 28, 2004 -- 11:47:21 pm
I like logic puzzles and search-a-words, but I never really got into crosswords. Too much pop culture for me, I guess.

FROM: Lorene
DATE: Tuesday January 4, 2005 -- 2:43:32 pm
Our paper has two crosswords every day, the easy one in the style section and a harder one in the classifieds. I have been known to save the papers for days at a time to get the harder ones done. Happiness though, is on Sunday (when the classified cross word is twice the size-but not the NY TImes one) and some coffee and some time.

I HATE search-a-words and the jumble.

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