In this case, we want to prevent the world from being threatened with reading. We want to shut it down and prevent it. We want a switch to dimmer. You want crossword puzzles or sudokus to block thoughts. It can perform a confirmation function, such as religion. Anyway, one morning I was sitting at the counter and I read. (For you, enigma: reading is a seven-letter word for what you deprive of every sad minute you spend on your empty boxes.) To my left was a Sudoku woman, and to my right was a man working on a New York Times crossword. Not the puzzle in the real paper – it didn`t have the paper itself – just what looked like a carefully cut and photocopied version of the crossword puzzles. But in a way, crossword puzzles think that their addiction to this sad form of mental self-abuse makes them somehow “literary”.
Excuse me: the fact of riddles does not reflect an increased literary sensitivity, but a sensitivity to the degraded letter that shows that one is not able to find the pleasure of reading. Otherwise, why choose the sterile satisfaction of crossword puzzles on the full-blood pleasures of much more robust books? You wouldn`t be alone. I`m sure. / Rant, I would just like to point out the stupidity of “?” in note 21A. It doesn`t matter to Alex Eaton-Salners, who has a three-word name. Others are Andrea Carla Michaels, Brendan Emmett Quigley and Kameron Austin Collins. Am I alone with this or maybe you have a favorite crossword designer name? @Alex, wow, what a journey; very multicultural, with many languages. This one gave me the kind of Sunday challenge where I feel like I`m in a sauna when the heat is right and the only way to escape is to crawl to the door that doesn`t open until the last cell falls. I did it and I am now refreshed and able to reflect on the miracle of this construction.
And I made another discovery: almost every major newspaper in the big city exhibits a series of crossword books. No one is as prolific as the Times and its master cross-word Sudoku Mr Shortz, but the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe each had their own series for their crossword collections.