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LuckyGuy's avatar

Do you do the NY Times Mini Crossword puzzle daily?

Asked by LuckyGuy (38449points) 1 month ago

I find the it to be a lot of fun. I can’t drink my morning coffee without the puzzle in front of me. It only takes a few minutes and covers so many areas of knowledge, news, and pop culture.
Here is the link if you have not seen it.
NY TImes Mini Crossword
It is free if you get their daily free news update emails.

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Love_my_doggie's avatar

Until now, I hadn’t been familiar with the mini-crossword. For some years, though, I’ve done several daily KenKen puzzles from the New York Times: https://www.kenkenpuzzle.com/nydaily

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Love_my_doggie The mini crossword is very quick It only takes a couple of minutes or so – just enough time for a cup of coffee. I’ll check out Kenken.

Jeruba's avatar

I usually do, yes, and make an effort to keep my time under one minute. Sports, TV show, and celebrity references slow me down, though. I don’t know most of them.

Last November I paid the subscription fee and started doing the full daily crossword, until I tried Spelling Bee. That’s my favorite now. Most days I stay with it until I reach the top score. I have a backlog of crossword puzzles, plus the whole NYT online archive, for when I really, really need distraction. I also found a 20-year trove of biweekly Cox-Rathvon acrostics.

It’s my belief that word games like these help us keep our minds sharp, as well as absorbing attention from unpleasant things for a little while.

I’ve been an admirer of Will Shortz’s work for decades and think he does an amazing job of keeping the puzzles to a high standard. I’ll bet he’s a hard guy to have an ordinary conversation with, though.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@LuckyGuy If you’ve never done a KenKen, you might want to begin with 4X4. My personal choice is 6X6 in medium or hard. The truth is, I do about 6 or more puzzles per day! Maybe I really do need to mix it up with some crosswords.

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