Brenda Coulter's post today (No rules. Just write.: Strain your brain) connected with several of my brain cells. I've become rather a crossword fanatic and can usually complete the puzzle in our daily paper with little difficulty. That is, unless I'm down to a word or two involving either obscure foreign terminology or the name of a minor league baseball player from the fifties.
My husband does the daily word jumble, though I do have to keep him honest. He's what we call a "creative speller." We've also been "Wheel" watchers since . . . well, I don't think I can count that far back. But if you remember when they used to earn points to "buy" prizes (how about that life-size ceramic dalmatian?), then you'll be close.
And now we're both into Sudoku, that cute little grid where you fill in the boxes so that you have all the numbers 1 through 9 in each of 9 cubes as well as in each column and row. We've started making a photocopy of the puzzle so each of us can work it, and then it's a race to see who finishes first. (I think I'm ahead--sorry, hon!)
Interestingly, my husband's mental acuity for puzzle solving perked up considerably about the time he started taking gingko biloba a few years ago. He also does better after his morning workout and a couple mugs of coffee. I prefer to begin my day with mental rather than physical exercise. So much less sweat.
So if you're visiting and you want to stay on my good side, just plug in the tea kettle, hand me the crossword puzzle, and don't expect sparkling conversation before 9 a.m.