A crossword puzzle is a wonderful thing: a square of boxes and blocks just begging to be filled with letters in an exercise of trivia and vocabulary acumen. The New York World published its first “word cross” puzzle in 1913; since then, Americans have not only relished taking pencil (or pen) to those empty boxes, they’ve allowed this unusual art form to thrive and prosper. “I doubt a Sudoku or KenKen puzzle ever provided a cathartic moment to a solver, but I’m certain that crosswords still do,” says Cee. “Researchers have even suggested that the crossword is the ultimate brain stimulator, and may even stave off Alzheimer’s disease.”
“My profession is the radio business. My hobby is cruciverbalism: crossword construction. I’ve been lucky enough to have my puzzles published in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and I’m back this month with my third puzzle for Hudson Valley. So uncap that Bic or sharpen that number two, and let’s get started.”
(See puzzle on next page)
May I Have a Word With You?
Instructions (to print and play):
- Click on image (right) to download PDF to your desktop (you may need Adobe Acrobat)
- Open “HVM crossword puzzle_2010_11”
- Select “File” to open drop-down menu
- Select “Print” (two pages)
Stumped? Check HV’s December issue for allthe answers to Cee’s clever clues.