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Are you an avid “crossworder”?

Are you an avid “crossworder”? What do you enjoy most about solving crosswords? Do you have any tips for novice crossword solvers or those that are trying to get better? 

 

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i could never wrap my mind around crosswords. some questions are unbelievable. sometimes you would know the answer, a six or seven letter word but it only gives three spaces. how am i suppose to know what that is? initials trip you up.

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I love to work crossword puzzles, both in the daily newspaper and also the Sunday edition, which includes The New York Times Crossword in one newspaper I subscribe to just to get it.  Some answers I get right away, and others I struggle with, but I love learning new words.  The challenge of working crosswords is addictive!

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YES! I do crossword puzzles before getting ready for bed. It frees my mind from unfinished problems of the day. 

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I have recently found myself doing the crossword puzzles in the Sunday newspaper. I love the clever themed clues with the long answers. They can be a bit challenging but not too hard. I believe it works my brain and is a good mental fitness exercise. It is correct that some of the clues are repeated in future puzzles which is good to see if I can remember what the answer is. It may take me close to a week to finish the crossword but each day with my mind fresh I am able to figure out additional clues that I could not the day before. I look forward to these puzzles every week. I'm hooked.

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When I had my hip replaced last year, someone sent my a jigsaw puzzle.  It was hopeless.  I've never developed any technique beyond trying every piece into every hole!  So, I bought myself a crossword puzzle book.  My 6th-grade teacher had helped us solve crosswords by copying the grid out of the morning paper at least once a week.  Then I had a friend who cut the puzzles out of the local paper, stapled them together and sat in the back of the courtroom she and I were in, looking for all the world as if she was going over some important paperwork!  The book I bought at Walmart got me through my whole recovery.  I found another one, somewhat harder, in a local Little Free Library and I'm still working on it.  Finally, I have bought several books at Dollar Tree.  I switch off during the day between books, since they get pretty repetitive.  My grandmother was a great Scrabble player.  I had been missing this kind of word play.  It helps me draw on my store of mid-century knowledge - I was born in 1956.  The  very best part is when you finally get one clue and that leads to many more.

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forget crossword, for me i couldn't get through the questions never able to answer them or "decipher" the meaning of them. my puzzles are fill ins. they're easier but just as challenging. you work the brain by trying to work out which right word goes in the right position.

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yes i am. i feel like i am doing something for myself to be better and keep my mind working well.

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Yes.  They exercise my brain and failing memory with no time limit..

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I love not only crosswords but Sudoku, word searches, etc.  Avid applies as long as that doesn't imply perfection of the art of crosswording!  Dementia runs deep in my family and I'm trying to work out that brain as much as possible.

 

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YES!! I have been doing them since I was a kid. One of my favorite memories is Saturday and Sunday mornings, waking up and going into the kitchen where I'd find my dad doing the crossword puzzle in the local newspaper. Sometimes there would be a clue I could figure out, and that's what got me interested. Now, at 68, they help me keep my brain working!
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Yes.  Mostly the Sunday NY Times, but I've been known to others.

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Yes, I enjoy solving crossword puzzles.

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I'm new to crosswords, well doing them regularly anyway. Not like I've never seen them before. Enjoy doing the ones on AARP very much. Probably because I'm a beginner.

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Two tips.  One - get a crossword dictionary.  Tip two - after a while you'll see that many clues and answers are the same across puzzles.  Get familiar with those that occur often.

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I agree with that, @jmchick47 -- over time you definitely find words that recur across different puzzles that might not be commonly used. My two favorites are:

 

-- ewer (a water pitcher)

-- orts (scraps from a meal)

 

I always love it when I know those right away 🙂

 

 

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Growing up I wasn't great at using vocabulary words that didn't make sense to me. I was an ace speller but to know the meanings...forget it. I mean the huge words that have crazy meanings. I do crosswords now as an adult to keep learning more about these words and to keep my mind sharp. Since my hysterectomy I have had a hard time remembering things and at the tender age of 55 I am trying really hard to help with my memory of words and their meanings. For anyone just starting out doing these turn on the spell check to help you get the hang of things. It helps me a lot.

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On the Daily Crossword, I discovered that I really like to play with "show errors" turned on. The first time I used it, I was amazed at how many incorrect words I managed to fill in!

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Does using the "show error" affect scoring?

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I am an avid crossworder, but I am not a member.

 

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Hi, @JudithP526204, thanks for your post! See if you can find something you like from our collection of Word Games and Crossword Puzzles!

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