What’s a nine-letter word for “puzzle that’s been a good friend for years?”
Oh, yeah; the answer is “crossword.”
For as long as I’ve been looking at newspapers I’ve enjoyed attempting to solve the various puzzles, primarily those of the crossword variety.
While there’s often been a note of frustration involved with this hobby, there’s also been the reward of not only coming up with the right answers but also learning new words and/or new meanings.
For example, a recent puzzle contained the clue “bar dance” for a five-letter word beginning with ‘L.’ I scratched my head for a couple of minutes, trying to come up with a dance a person might do in a bar. I thought of such possible answers as “line” (not enough letters) and “lambada” (too many letters for this forbidden dance).
I then readjusted my thinking and, in a few minutes, came up with the real answer, “limbo.”