I have fond memories of doing the crossword puzzle on the weekends with my father. We’d be in the kitchen, me with pen in hand, ready to fill out the answers, reading out the clues to my father who would be waltzing around cooking up a storm, creating whatever recipe caught his eye in Bon Appetit that week. It didn’t really matter if we finished the whole puzzle, but when we did, it called for celebration.
However, since I’ve moved out, since I’ve left the house with multiple newspaper subscriptions behind, I haven’t really thought much about crossword puzzles. Then a coworker asked me for help on a New York Times one she was working on on her phone, and I realized that I carried with me everyday a portable ‘newspaper’ that could hold all the crossword puzzles I wanted – and it would tell me when I was wrong!
Unfortunately, the New York Times only has an iPhone app for its crossword puzzles, but I found an app that suited my needs, and dove in. Only to discover that I was rather terrible at crosswords.
Granted, I was doing this on a Saturday afternoon, so that couldn’t have helped. But I was also rather rusty at eking out answers to half-remembered clues with only a single letter filled in.
I’ve since had a bit more luck working on them during the week, and they have been a wonderful addition to my usual train commute. However, I’ve also discovered that I crave the social aspect of crossword puzzles. The thrill of working on them with a partner, crowing over a realization, lamenting the fact that you filled in a wrong answer in pen and there’s barely enough room to write in the correct letters, celebrating a completed puzzle – especially later in the week!