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Question: puzzles :: Total Votes:25
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crossword 8  [32.00%]
sudoku 7  [28.00%]
wordsearch 0  [0.00%]
other 1  [4.00%]
all of the above 2  [8.00%]
none 7  [28.00%]
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What is your preferred form of word/ logic puzzle?  I'm loathe to actually include word searches since I don't really consider them puzzles, but I've had this argument before and it's just easier to include them.

For those of you that do partake of such challenges, how often do you partake and do you prefer pencil and paper or computer based?


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Weekly.  Sunday Washington Post crossword puzzle.
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I guess I'm never bored enough or never feel the need to fill up the time. Same with computer games. I just don't feel the need to dedicate time to them. Or with sports. There's too much else I can be doing or thinking about.

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I enjoy all kinds of word puzzles, but I'm with Jim--I don't count wordsearch.  So even though I checked "all of the the above" I don't do those.  But I do some others that aren't listed, just because they are in the paper.  

I'm also a fan of jigsaw puzzles.

I usually do puzzles on paper, while eating lunch.  If I'm really bored (or the spouse beat me to the sudoku) I even do the Jumble or the cryptoquip.

The Saturday crossword (NYT weekend puzzle) is a joint effort between my spouse and me, since neither of us knows enough to solve it alone (he does sports, I do obscure language stuff.  Neither of us does so well at movies and pop music).

ETA: I have plenty of other things to do, but like to solve puzzles, which helps exercise the little grey cells in different ways from most other things I do.


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DD--I'll agree with you on most computer games and pretty  much all spectator sports (participating is a different matter).

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I do several crosswords every day, and usually a couple sudokus.
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Weekly.  Sunday Washington Post crossword puzzle.

That is a beast.  It's also what I was working on that prompted me to ask the question.  :D

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Weekly.  Sunday Washington Post crossword puzzle.

That is a beast.  It's also what I was working on that prompted me to ask the question.  :D

Use the buddy system, man!

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Actually around here it's more like:
Me: literature and obscure linguistics; French and Spanish words
Hubby: sports, science, German words

Geography and car models: yell for the kids.


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Weekly.  Sunday Washington Post crossword puzzle.

That is a beast.  It's also what I was working on that prompted me to ask the question.  :D

Years ago I could never finish one.  If I was lucky I got 10%.  Now I finish most if they don't have too many actors, movies, mythology, and other subjects at which I'm horrible.  A lot of it is getting used to both the standard and special clues.

I don't even try the NYT crossword unless I'm traveling.  I'm told that they get progressively harder during the week, and based on my limited experience that's true.

The Post has theirs online, at least during the week.  Don't know about NYT or others.  I get the Post on weekends and try to find time to work on it.  It's a good exercise as I drift off to sleep at night.  :)

I do it for both fun and in an effort to hold off Alzheimers and dementia.
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I usually do the Post puzzle during my breakfast break.  You're right that figuring out the theme for that day is critical.

I'm absolutely terrible at Sudoku.  I've tried the basic 9 block games and I still struggle with them.


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I do both the Soduku and the crossword in two papers daily, plus I have a soduku book at home and one at work that I use.
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I started doing crosswords when I read a study that one thing that the CEO's of the top 100 companies have in common is that they take the time to do a crossword.
When I ran a small business, my partner and I would do the 2 crosswords in the daily paper over morning coffee and breakfast.
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I do the sudoku every...but my favorite of all is the Cryptic Crosswords they do in England.  You can download some through the Globe and Mail in Canada,  Very cool, but you have to remember the English spellings...

I loved Rebecca's explanation.  I'm pretty good, but I ask for help from my wife on obscure literature...and from the kids on pop culture.

Pop doesn't have any!


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I love "word jumbles" and play around with crossword puzzles.  I usually don't finish the crosswords.  I'll have 3 or 4 left that I just can't figure out but every once in a great while I'll finish one. :;):


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When I ran a small business, my partner and I would do the 2 crosswords in the daily paper over morning coffee and breakfast.

Reminded me of when I was a messenger, back in another life.  Late in the day, the dispatcher would start doing the crosswords--then get on the radio and read me the clues to ones he couldn't get.  Working a crossword without visual references is an interesting challenge.  The spouse sometimes does that when I'm driving, too.

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Sudoku when traveling / flying.  I can do any of them, if I just need to kill an hour or so. Local paper has a progressive week, and I stopped doing them before Friday, as the early ones are way too easy.  If I buy a book of Sudoku puzzles, I tear off the portion devoted to easy and moderate, keeping only the difficult and the toughest.

I used to do the Jumble in the paper, then I stopped taking a paper.  April did Crosswords by the hundreds, but not me.

However, if I find a paper with a Bridge hand in it, I will play the hand and see how I did with their solution.  Usually takes me about 5 minutes of concentration to find the solution. 


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Bridge is a complete mystery to me.  I see it n the paper and have no idea how to play.

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I play sudoku on my iphone and listen to music on Metro every day on the ride home.

Used to do the chess puzzle in the paper, but I haven't in a long time and wonder if it is even still around.


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I will do Sudoku on an infrequent basis but more than any of the other options.  When I first started playing them it was an obsession but that taper off along with the newness.  I like that they are solved logically without guessing, or at least they should be.  I’ll do word search on occasion but I tend to get bored with crossword puzzles once the obvious answers are done.
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I do jigsaw puzzles - use to try real hard ones when I was little and I was good at it.

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My little girl loves jigsaw puzzles and does surprisingly well with more difficult puzzles than I'd expect her to handle.  I have no particular gift for them and lack the attention span to get better.

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My little girl loves jigsaw puzzles and does surprisingly well with more difficult puzzles than I'd expect her to handle.  I have no particular gift for them and lack the attention span to get better.

There's clearly a relationship between being good at jigsaws and being good at spacial relations, but I'm not sure if one causes the other or if they are both the result of something genetic--suspect the latter.  My Dad and I were the champs, and Second Son is also very good.  Spouse and Eldest Son not so much.  My Mom doesn't even care to try.

Because Dad and I always did them together, jigsaw puzzles have an extra sentimental appeal.  It was one of the few times we just talked about stuff.  One of our last conversations was over a puzzle.  He told me about his time in the army, more than he ever had before (he missed the war by inches,but was in the Occupation in Japan, which sounds like it was mostly just boring, but he got to climb Fuji).


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I started doing crosswords when I read a study that one thing that the CEO's of the top 100 companies have in common is that they take the time to do a crossword.
When I ran a small business, my partner and I would do the 2 crosswords in the daily paper over morning coffee and breakfast.

Reminded me of when I was a messenger, back in another life.  Late in the day, the dispatcher would start doing the crosswords--then get on the radio and read me the clues to ones he couldn't get.  Working a crossword without visual references is an interesting challenge.  The spouse sometimes does that when I'm driving, too.

I carpooled with a neighbor a few years ago...we'd alternate driving weekly.  Whoever wasn't driving had the crossword and would read off clues and whatever letters we'd figured out.

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