I recently re-watched "Wordplay," the wonderfully endearing documentary about Will Shortz and his crazy crossword-puzzle-solving buddies. It's such a lively, likable movie that I even watched it again with the commentary on. (Hey! I might have to also buy the companion book, which contains the puzzles shown in the movie. Cool!)
The movie inspired me to tackle the Sunday (I know, I know...the toughest* day of the week) New York Times crossword, with Rob's help. Ooh boy. In the movie, people finish those things in just a couple minutes, faster than I could fill in the squares even if I knew all the answers off the top of my head. Needless to say, we didn't do very well.
I was thrilled, though, to find this Weblog, all about one man's daily NYT crossword puzzling. He dissects each puzzle, listing the clues that tripped him up and the ones he especially liked. It's fun to tackle the puzzle yourself and compare notes. Of course, the one we wrangled over, he listed as "easy-medium.' Right. Heh.
*As my many sharp-eyed, crossword-sweating commentors noted, not the hardest...Sunday is the longest, Saturday is the hardest. Heh, am I discussing porn here, or crosswords?