i have never been a cross word puzzler. for a long time i hated them. then one day i started doing the word jumble in the newspaper. just for kicks when i had a few minutes here and there. it made me feel smarter. then i noticed that while i was taking "thinking breaks" from the word jumble i was actually able to fill in some of the letters on the crossword. the task cleared my mind and helped me think of new letter combinations for the jumble. the crossword soon became a package deal with the jumble. i would get a little upset when we didn't get a newspaper and i couldn't check my answers. (i'm a little obsessive about silly games. anyone remember the computer solitaire episode from sophomore year of college?) now i don't even attempt the word jumble. i just jump right into the crossword as soon as i can. i take the paper with me all sorts of random places. today it was in the bathroom with me while i was doing a 3 minute deep conditioning treatment on my hair. a few times i have come REALLY close, thisclose, to completing a puzzle. once i was only one really obscure word off. but today, ring the bells, sound the alarms, throw the confetti, i completed the puzzle. of course, this isn't the new york times puzzle. i'm not that crazy yet(and i really don't have time right now to be doing any puzzle, but i squeeze it in). this is only the montgomery advertiser crossword. still an accomplishment in itself! woo hoo for me!
the completed puzzle. to be kept for years to come.
*notice the untouched word jumble on the left hand side. it bet it is lonely.
finally, isn't puzzle a fun word to say? puzzzle. Puh-zzzzle. sounds like a small indoor pets name. or something to put on a t-shirt.