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Crossword Puzzles

I mentioned recently to Shannon that I missed how we used to occasionally go out to brunch together on a weekend (usually at Saul's, when we lived in north Berkeley) and do a crossword puzzle, so today Shannon suggested we do that as a last birthday week outing. So he grabbed my old book of New York Times crossword puzzles and we headed out to The Restaurant Formerly Known as Mel's.

Unfortunately, the crossword puzzles in that book are very difficult. We could only come up with a few answers; the rest elicited shrugs and "I have no idea"s. ("Followers of J. Ammann"? "Tacloban's locale"? "S. African fox"?) It was frustrating. I've never liked that book and prefer to do the crossword puzzle from the pink section of the weekend paper, but Shannon thought there was no reason to buy a paper when we already had the book. Next time I'll buy a paper.



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Mar. 31st, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
At least give us numbers of letters!
I'd guess that the second one is "Leyte", and "bat ear" is the third, but I'd need more to guess the first one.
Mar. 31st, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
"Followers of J. Ammann" is 5 letters.
"Tacloban's locale" is 5 letters (so you may be right about this one).
"S. African fox" is 4 letters, with a possible p as the second letter and a possible e as the fourth.
Mar. 31st, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
(For what it's worth: I'm of the "reference materials, including Google, allowed" school of crossword solving. I know folks who only do closed-book.)
Mar. 31st, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
We don't look anything up. You either know it or you don't.
Mar. 31st, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
It sounds as though you have a book of NYT crosswords from the pre-Will Shortz era, and from later in the week, to boot. I'll email you a handful of recent Monday NYT crosswords. They're much easier, but still well-constructed, quality puzzles. You'll need to install a tiny program called AcrossLite to use them; links are on the NYT site. Once you open a puzzle in AcrossLite, you can either print it out or solve it on the computer.
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
The puzzles are from 1984, but it doesn't say what days of the week they're from.

Thanks for the offer to send puzzles. I will check them out when I get a chance.
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Will Shortz took over from the late, much-disliked Eugene T. Maleska in 1993. Since then, the puzzles have gotten much hipper, with more pop-culture references, brand names, etc. I find them a lot easier because I'm a post-Boomer. They still get harder throughout the week. If Mondays are too easy for you, let me know, and I'll send you some others. I have pretty much every NYT crossword from October 1996 to present.
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