Do You Like Solving Crosswords?

Discussion in 'Hobbies & Crafts' started by Helene Lawson, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. Helene Lawson

    Helene Lawson Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2015
    Messages:
    394
    Likes Received:
    106
    Back when I used to work before retirement I used to hate crosswords and didn't even bother to solve them because I thought that they are too hard to complete. This changed when I went on my retirement and had a lot more spare time. I decided to start solving, and it became my hobby, now I love doing it!
     
    #1
  2. Ken Anderson

    Ken Anderson Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    7,457
    Likes Received:
    9,815
    I used to enjoy crosswords but, as I grow older, I am not nearly as interested in killing time as I once was.
     
    #2
  3. Michelle Stevens

    Michelle Stevens Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2015
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    112
    I've never been very good at crosswords so I don't often bother to try one. If I have time to spare for anything on the puzzle page, I'll rather try to solve the Sudoku.
     
    #3
  4. Richard Paradon

    Richard Paradon Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2015
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    359
    I have never solved one crossword puzzle. I have tried more than once, but I just get frustrated. My father used to get the Sunday New York Times and sit down with a cup of coffee and would just fill in the words as if he had a "cheat-slip"!
     
    #4
  5. Priscilla King

    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2015
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    11
    I started doing the crosswords in the newspapers on the Metro in Washington. Now I find that most of the daily puzzles take 5 minutes or less--but sometimes, depending on how bizarre the theme and how bad the puns are, I still can't solve the Sunday New York Times puzzle (which is syndicated in our local Sunday paper too).
     
    #5
  6. John Donovan

    John Donovan Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2015
    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    145
    I started liking crosswords when I got bored at work one day when I was about 25. I used to hate them up until that point, but something just clicked at that moment, and here I am, almost 30 years later, still enjoying them.
     
    #6
  7. Helene Lawson

    Helene Lawson Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2015
    Messages:
    394
    Likes Received:
    106
    Yes, it's really a great activity to kill time or to train your brain and gain knowledge. ;)
     
    #7
  8. Helene Lawson

    Helene Lawson Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2015
    Messages:
    394
    Likes Received:
    106
    Sukoku is also great, but for me I like crosswords better, I never manage to solve the Sudoku properly. :D
     
    #8
  9. Von Jones

    Von Jones Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2015
    Messages:
    3,178
    Likes Received:
    1,749
    I tried working crossword puzzles. I could never complete one without looking for the answers in the back of the book. I like to put my two cents in when someone else is doing one though, sometimes I'm right, sometimes what I say gives ideas to the puzzle solver leading to the answer.
     
    #9
  10. Pat Baker

    Pat Baker Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2015
    Messages:
    877
    Likes Received:
    459
    I do picture puzzles but could never get into crossword puzzles.
     
    #10
  11. Brittany Houser

    Brittany Houser Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    536
    I have been a lifelong puzzle freak! I started buying Dell puzzle books when I was a young teenager, and just got hooked. Later on, I graduated to Games magazine, which was a little more diverse and difficult. Now ever lunch hour at work is filled with my puzzle solving. I can't imagine life without them. LOL
     
    #11
  12. Molly Fenster

    Molly Fenster New Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2015
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    14
    I used to be able to do crosswords and liked them a lot but as my Alzheimer went on, I lost the ability to solve those verbal puzzles. Sometimes I feel really sad remembering those good old times.
     
    #12
  13. Tom Locke

    Tom Locke Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2015
    Messages:
    1,223
    Likes Received:
    2,261
    I love cryptic crosswords. In fact, I've just spend most of Sunday morning bashing away at the Azed crossword in The Observer newspaper. This is a notoriously nasty crossword that contains a lot of very obscure words and requires the presence of Chambers Dictionary at all times.

    I suppose that cryptics require a certain mindset, but in some ways, I find them easier than some so-called quick crosswords. After all, you get both a definition and cryptic part of the clue rather than simply a definition.
     
    #13
  14. Lydia Williams

    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    24
    I love crosswords, though admittedly I don't do them as much as I used to. I prefer the easier ones, as they don't take so much time, but the feeling of satisfaction you get from doing a harder puzzle is compelling.
     
    #14
  15. Corie Henson

    Corie Henson Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    2,906
    Likes Received:
    2,419
    I cannot speak for myself so let me just brag about the skills of my husband, hahahaaa. It actually started like this. He would solve the crossword puzzle and got only a few good answers. He was using pencil in anticipation of his mistakes. Feeling frustrated, what he did was to cut out the crossword from the newspaper and get the words he missed by looking at the solution on the next day. I remember his envelope where he keeps his cut outs. And then there was that long list of words with meanings that I didn't know were lifted from the daily crosswords.

    When my husband went to the US and worked in a factory, he would do the crossword of the factory's newspaper in the canteen. One time a supervisor caught him doing the crossword and was really amazed. He said that my husband was a wizard because he, as an American, couldn't solve that crossword puzzle in English.
     
    #15
  16. Michelle Stevens

    Michelle Stevens Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2015
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    112
    @Corie Henson - what a great way to learn. Of course one has to want to succeed badly enough and a lot of people lack the dedication to accomplish what your husband has done. Speaking for myself I know I could never do it. There are far too many things I want to do and I can never force myself to focus on any one of them.
     
    #16
    Corie Henson likes this.
  17. Hannah Davis

    Hannah Davis Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2015
    Messages:
    514
    Likes Received:
    243
    I am not too big on crosswords. I have done a few in my time but these were usually the ones that use to be in TV Guide, remember those? Back in the day when TV Guide was a great magazine. Anyway, I find that I prefer doing word search puzzles more then crosswords.
     
    #17

Share This Page