The Truth About Crossword Puzzles

Eight-year-old Vivian has spent hours watching her dad do crossword puzzles.

Last week, on day four of being stuck at home with a high fever, she grabbed the puzzle page of the newspaper, did the word search, and wrote on her dad’s beloved puzzle.

What's the point crossword

I wonder what the “down” clue is for that…


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About Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne Shirtliffe is the author of SLOTH TO THE RESCUE, SAVING THUNDER THE GREAT, THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE, and NO MORE BEIGE FOOD (2016). She also wrote humor books DON'T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids and MOMMYFESTO. She and her family live in Calgary, Alberta because they like complaining about the weather.

Posted on March 12, 2013, in Miscellaneous. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I decided to download a crossword puzzle app just last week. It turned out to be far more difficult than I expected. I don’t normally do crossword puzzles. The controls were frustrating at first. If I selected a cell, it only told me the across hint. I kept looking for a way to switch between across and down. Checking the help, it said NOTHING about how to do that – the most obvious function! Turns out, you just had to press the same cell again. I was expecting a separate control, not a toggle, and I had to find that by experimenting. As someone that documents software for a living, I found this highly frustrating. I did enjoy the puzzle though. I think I’ll do more.

  2. Frustration. And swearing. That’s the point. She’s on to something.

  3. I always rage-quit the crossword puzzles I start. No worries. 🙂

  4. I hate crosswords. My teacher ‘here’s a crossword. Its better than doing vocabulary!!’ No it isnt. They suck.

  5. Pah! That needs to be put on a t-shirt

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