The Profound Pursuit Of Puzzles

Feb 14, 2012

It may be hard for some of you to remember, but there was a time when the correct answers to the clues to the New York Times crossword puzzle were for all intents and purposes out of reach. I mean, you could take the Sunday magazine with you to the library and look stuff up. Or you could wait a week for the answers. But there was no Google. The crossword doer today lives in a constant state of temptation.

Mark Messier's team for 12 years? You could look it up. That Rimsy Korsakov opera title? It's there to be found.

That's cheating. Although I'm pretty sure it's not cheating to ask anybody in proximity. Right? You're allowed to ask the other person in bed with you, or your son in the next seat on the plane.

So what is the psychology behind puzzle solving? And are crossworders and different species from suddokuistas? We've got some of the big stars of the puzzling world on with us today.

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