I loooooove crossword puzzles.
I suuuuuuuck at crossword puzzles.
A few months ago, I plunked down $40 ($40!) for the New York Times crossword app for my phone. It’s a lot of dough, but that $40 ($40?!) gives me the NYT puzzle every day for a year, plus a bunch of puzzle packs and the ability to do past puzzles.
If you’re not familiar with the NYT puzzles, here is how they work:
- Monday: VERY easy.
- Tuesday: Easy.
- Wednesday: Medium difficulty.
- Thursday: Medium-hard difficulty.
- Friday: Hard.
- Saturday: Stupidly hard.
- Sunday: Back down to hard, but larger and usually with a quirky hell-beast gimmick.
I don’t know a lot about movies (I hate movies), the Bible (Catholic) and sports (doughy nerd) and my lack of expertise in those subjects really cripples me. But each day I persevere. So far my longest streak has been Monday-Thursday. My goal is to complete seven days in a row.
Hopefully it’ll be before next year’s $40 ($40?!?) is due.
Time to get that gap filled in AND an updated dog tag with our new address.
I’m also a huge fan of the NYT x-word. My Monday average is seven minutes! But I can only occasionally finish Wednesday without help (like half the time) and Thursday is a struggle. Will Shortz says the Sunday puzzle is intended to be about at Thursday level, which seems about right to me.