Back in the olden days before I started spending time on social media this was a daily addiction. I honestly can’t…

Back in the olden days before I started spending time on social media this was a daily addiction. I honestly can’t recall the last time I sat down and tackled and then completed one of these, until today.

20 years ago when I was an operating room nurse, an anesthesiologist friend and I would race each other every morning to see who could complete the daily jumble first.
He was good …but I learned some tricks from him, like arranging the letters in a circle in order to visually find the scrambled word faster, and soon I was winning more often than not.

My daddy used to amaze me with the speed and accuracy with which he could complete the most difficult crossword puzzles. I always admired his brain, and I think largely due to his love of reading and his love of words, his vocabulary was extensive.

Words… I’m thinking about getting back in touch with them on a more regular basis. 🙂

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  1. Words are like comfortable old friends that never fail you or stay away for too long; words in a story, words to a song, words whispered to us by loved ones along the way. Perfect time for it. And I always look forward to what you have to say

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  2. I have felt like I didn’t have much to say for quite a while, Deirdre Lady Deidre HurlsWaterballoonsLikeAPro​, so thank you for that acknowledgement… because every now and then it just seems to come pouring out of me. Today is one of those days.

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  3. I’ll tell you what Terence Towles Canote​.. I’ll promise to do at least one per week and maybe eventually get back to one a day if you promise to do the same. My husband swears that when I am reading a book, and working these puzzles, and focusing on things that are truly important to me, I am much happier.
    I think he may be right.

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  4. Challenging crossword puzzles have always gotten me through some of the longest waits during my son’s many surgeries. When the ambulance is in the way I rush to pack a bag with phone, charger, snacks and crossword puzzle book. Hard to find good ones in the last five years though. And if you are stuck looking for one in a grocery store, fuggidabout it.

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  5. I still do crossword puzzles to this day. Keeps the mind in check. Helps me wind down after a long day. Passes the time when traveling. I’ve modernized though and now do them on my tablet almost daily.

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  6. Good Morning, BobbieZen .  I remember the crossword puzzles well.. loved them but I was addicted to Sudoku.   Can’t remember the last time I did one of them either.
    Hope you’re enjoying your morning.

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  7. I remember trying to find the books when I was looking for some to give to my daddy after he went to assisted living, cobalt please​​… and you are right they are not nearly as numerous as they used to be.

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  8. + do you mind sharing with us which app you use Erik Ammerlaan​?
    I’d love to have crossword puzzles on my iPad. I recently deleted SimCity build it and a few other things that I used to pass the time because they became frustrating. Crossword puzzles have never frustrated me …they’ve only encouraged me to think harder and go deeper until I got it solved.

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  9. And a very good morning to you too Mary J B Here​! I’ve had a nice easy morning at home joining in on various conversations here.
    The truth be known I am procrastinating from completing PQRS measures online in order to receive Medicare reimbursement… which I am dreading like the plague.
    Lol

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  10. BobbieZen I use Shortyz Crossword on my Android tablet (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.totsp.crossword.shortyz&hl=en).  Doing a search for “crossword” in the iOS app store turns up quite a few as well.  I’ll try a few on my iPad and see which one is best and pass along my recommendations.

    The great thing is that the puzzles you download don’t take up much room.  You can download them on a daily basis.  You can also subscribe to the ones that you like.  Some are pay.  Most are free.  Some are easy.  Some are hard.  Take your pick and enjoy.  🙂

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  11. Thank you so much Erik Ammerlaan​! I can’t wait to try them out… my husband has an Android tablet so I will try the one you’re using as well.
    cobalt please​, problem solved! 🙂

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  12. I used to read a lot of Shakespeare, Nate Dwgs​..Olde English, and I grew up in private school studying the King James version of the Bible… quite different than the daily conversations most of us engage in. Language evolves and devolves given the current landscape and predominant culture of the times.
    I’m just about over ur, bae, ‘sup, etc. But I do speak fluent jive. 😉

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  13. Wish I had a tablet to work on crossword puzzles!  That would be one of the few reasons for me to have one.  I get by pretty well on an extra large smartphone for most things.  When you mentioned seeing the selections in grocery stores for crosswords books I’ve noticed they have gone over to mostly large print versions and Sudoku.  And then the crosswords are all the “easy” variety.  Ah for the terrific Simon and Shuster series of challenging and of course the NYTimes crosswords.  To me I look for a crossword to give you the tiny detail in a clue that it is a foreign or archaic word.  That often trips me up.

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  14. The New York Times crosswords were my daddy’s favorites as well… and I’m afraid we know all too well why they put those now in large print versions ….it’s because we are a dying breed and most of us are in bifocals or trifocals by now! cobalt please​

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  15. My trick for jumble was to look away from the letters. staring at them makes me try to read them instead of imagining the possible words. my two cents lol I guess it’s similar to the putting them in a circle

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  16. P.S. I stopped subsricibing to newspapers several years ago when it became obvious they were all sourcing the news from the same place. Nice copy and paste. I do miss sitting down and completing the puzzles in the morning, and reading the comics afterwards as my reward lol

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  17. That’s a good one as well… only I would forget what the letters were if I looked away Benton Landry​. Lol
    Then if I looked back again I’d feel like I was cheating… I hold myself to impossible standards you know. 😉

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  18. We no longer subscribe either, but we do make a trip on Sunday mornings to go and pick up the Sunday paper.
    Nothing like the funnies over a bowl of cereal to start the day out right!

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  19. Lady Deidre HurlsWaterballoonsLikeAPro​ I love words and the last 18 months it’s been great having a book going full time. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, the reason for my renewed reading was a kindle.

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  20. BobbieZen​ Sometimes circumstances shut down our desire to speak. In my case, it is typically my negative self-talk. Occasionally, their seeming truth takes over the actual truth. All I need to do is search for inspiration outside my own belly button. Those @$#!& voices are shut down, once I do things I typically enjoy, listen to songs that touch me or talk to people that help me remember to smile. 🙂

    I do come here often; listen to your music, your happy and your realness, and never leave heavier than when I got here. Without even realizing it, your light has pointed my way out of the valleys often.

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  21. ❤ those negative voices need to be drowned out by a chorus singing your praises, Lady Deidre HurlsWaterballoonsLikeAPro​​…I've been made fun of and mocked for "inspirational porn" more times than I care to remember…and like you, the negative things are often the things which I worry over.
    Thank you.
    Oh…and I found two free crossword apps, and completed two more puzzles last night.
    NY Times and Across Lite, the second one actually mimics the old fashioned paper feel of a newspaper crossword… the next best thing to the real thing!

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  22. Ok now I have to try some free one. – y’all got me curious to try on my phone. Maybe it’s big enough, just enough is worth the try. In the meantime I am going to pull out one of my crossword books I’ve saved for years. Your comments, all of you here, are helpful to me especially in a time of stress. When people reach out to share they may not realize the value of such sharing to others in need.

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  23. No that’s when you get bit by a shark. You are not supposed to touch it for the full 8 weeks. Then of it was trueky meant to be let it go. If it dies checkmate atheists.

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  24. matt derpson you are a complete waste of human sperm as you are the most non important person to ever walked the earth. And your welcome to waffles as that is your only way of getting people to like you on line as in real life i have friends such shame you dont, and im a dick well thats older than the queen of england you must of thought hard about that…..you dirty skank!!!!!!

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  25. Benjamin why I never. After that weekend in Atlantic city I thought I knew you Better then that. Well maybe I should have listened to them when they said you would never. All you do is doodle on your iPad and listen to nickelback. We are thru.

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