My name is Jim Horne and I'm an addict.
I write about crosswords and other games and it's about time I update my essays and turn them into blog posts. Every addict needs community support so comments are open to all. Maybe we can get through this together.
Like many addicts, I do the New York Times crossword puzzle every day. Let's say attempt rather than do, although having done this for a while I manage to complete most. My intention here on this blog is to sprinkle comments on the daily puzzle with more extended thoughts on topics like:
- What makes a great puzzle?
- Crossword puzzle psychology
- The brain of Will Shortz
- That amazing phenomenon I call the "Crossword Puzzle Moment"
- British vs. American style puzzles
- Favorite clues
- What makes the NYT puzzles stand out?
- Constructing puzzles
- Speed solving
- Crosswords vs. other games
- Wordplay the movie
That's just a sample. If you're new to puzzling, for God's sake jump to some other page. Don't get hooked. Crosswords are not so much an addiction as a disease and I can't be responsible for the consequences.
If it's too late and you're already doomed, add this page to your favorites and join the fray. Participate in the discussions. That's step one. Only eleven to go after that.