a wonderful surprise
from one cruciverbalist to another
this full-page spread crossword puzzle with 723 clues
what madness is this?
my dream come true.
“our whole life is solving puzzles.”
1. A constructor of crosswords.
2. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords.
the cats have done it again
(the most likely suspects)
a long while after putting my latest puzzle away
without finding a missing piece
they have left a piece at my feet
now all i have to do is find their secret lair
where i may discover a treasure trove
of all of my missing ‘one-pieces.’
“sometimes the hardest pieces of a puzzle to assemble, are the ones missing from the box.”
today, someone decided
to quietly dump every single puzzle out onto the floor
mix the pieces together
then head up to the loft to play.
it was left in a perfect state of tobubohu
but somehow i couldn’t think of that word
at the moment of discovery
tomorrow we will work on it together
and with it will come a new word.
part of speech: noun
origin: hebrew, unknown
1. a state of chaos, utter confusion
examples in a sentence:
“The mayor’s unexpected announcement left the press in a tohubohu.”
“After recess the students were always in a tohubohu.”
anyone else ever achieve this perfect state?
going through my piles of stuff
i found this page
from exactly 13 years ago
when I solved my first
nyt sunday crossword puzzle
all on my own
all spaces filled
I was so happy
this was a personal goal
I had worked on many puzzles
and finally began to learn
the styles of the editors/writers
what spaces, clues, word play, patterns, punctuation, puns, word roots,
capital letters, italics, other languages, irony, humor, sarcasm all meant
I like to work in ink
not crossing out clues
not in any order
do as much as I can
walk away once or twice
then it somehow all falls into place
sometimes I master it
sometimes it masters me
now every sunday
I eagerly grab my newspaper from outside the door
and the challenge begins once again.
I attribute it all to sheer will and bit of magic.
‘our whole life is solving puzzles.’
there should be a word
for the feeling you get
after you work many hours
a beautiful jigsaw puzzle
only to find
there is a piece missing.
‘the historian has before him a jigsaw puzzle
from which many pieces have disappeared.
these gaps can be filled only by his imagination.’