Our newspaper has a puzzle page every day. It always contains two crosswords, and depending on the day of the week there are additional number and word challenges. On days when I go to work I take the page with me. In between fielding questions and phone calls at the Customer Service desk I surreptitiously work on the puzzles. On the other days I leave the page on the kitchen table, where they're fair game for anyone. By Sunday there there are several puzzle pages stacked on the kitchen table.
The crossword puzzzles are the most popular in our family. Sometimes one of us will pick one up and do it on our own. Other times Son Donald,
Hubby Tony, and I are all sitting at the table at the same time with a sheet of newspaper
in front of us filling in clues. Everyone has different areas of expertise, so different answers are easy
to each of us. Oftentimes a word completed by someone else will provide
a letter clue for the next person.
The weekend puzzles (especially the New York Times) are pretty hard and we usually can't finish them. After everyone who wants to has had a crack at them we move the pages to the recycling bin and move on. Doing puzzles is supposed to be fun, not frustrating.
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