Tuesday, March 10, 2015


I like doing crosswords. More specifically, I like doing the New York Times crossword on Monday and Tuesday, and sometimes Wednesday. Monday is pretty easy; I can always complete it. Tuesday is a little more challenging, and by Wednesday there's an excellent chance that I won't be able to figure it all out.

Doing the New York Times crossword was a challenge of mine a couple years ago and I bought a book on conquering it. From this book I learned that each day has it's unique character - Monday is designed to be approachable and finish-able. Tuesday is a little harder, Wednesday even harder. Thursday is wild card day, so you may need to figure out that some boxes require double letters, for example. One Halloween you needed to draw little ghosts in some of the boxes in order to solve it. Friday is very hard and Saturday, too. I don't remember if there was anything else special about them. Sunday is a much bigger puzzle, about as difficult as Wednesday.

Using the book helped me learn how crosswords work, and the usual small words and their clues that repeat a lot. I really did get better, though I haven't conquered it yet.

Some people recommend doing crosswords as a way of staving off memory loss and even dementia. I don't think doing crosswords really helps with either of those. I think doing crosswords make you better at doing crosswords, which is all I'm looking for in these puzzles. Sometimes I learn some new vocabulary or a new fact, but mostly I just enjoy the challenge of filling in all those little square correctly so the whole thing fits together perfectly. Aahh.


  1. I feel a big "ahhhh" when I complete a crossword too. So satisfying. Solving little puzzles feels like candy for my brain. My husband (also a horn player) gets that candy feeling from sudoku, which is the most infuriating type of puzzle game to me. They're so similar, but we both dislike the one we don't do. Why is that? WW Erin

  2. Crosswords are in my daily routine - although I don't try the New York Times crosswords. I get stumped, Hubby comes and looks, adds a few answers and eventually we complete it - an accomplishment to fill in all those little boxes.

  3. I to LOVE crosswords...and while I cannot swear to their ability to stave off dementia I present my 93 year old aunt who does at least one a day as evidence of its power to keep your mind active!

  4. Anita, that is very cool! My mom, who is 92, also does a crossword every day. and she has no Internet to look up the tricky clues!

  5. I admire your dedication. It took me years to realize there was a gradation of difficulty to the Times crossword puzzles.