Getting my crossword on

Yesterday, for one reason or another … perhaps due to an early morning start and an appointment in deep suburbia … I felt a call towards a nostalgic past. I was quite powerless to do anything but follow. Finding myself at a little newsagent, my feet led me away from the fashion, entertainment and decorating magazines, and instead took me straight to the ‘puzzle’ section.

My purpose? Apparently I wasn’t interested in just any puzzle, I suddenly felt the need to rekindle my passion for crosswords.

My favourite crosswords used to be the huge double page versions in my mum’s monthly copy of ‘Women’s Weekly’. I happily found some similar versions today … and potentially even more exciting, there have been some amazing innovations in the world of crossworld building since my last visit.

There are now left-handed versions! This means the puzzle is on the left, while the clues are over to the right. Being a left-hander I find this to be a wonderful thing indeed. I’m hoping these squares of black and white will keep me company on my travels to and from work.

Have you reconnected with anything of late? If not, maybe you’d like to?

12 Comments

  1. sas

    we have the paper delivered and a daily pleasure is the Guardian crossword. there is an unparalleled (and all too rare!) pleasure in finishing it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi sas – Oh, lovely … home delivered crosswords sound even better! You are so right in your description of how satisfying it is to finish a crossword … I must admit that I don’t always get to that stage either! πŸ˜‰

  2. Mel

    I love puzzles – I subscribe to a puzzle magazine – I especially love logic problems πŸ™‚

    Lately I’ve reconnected to ‘writing’ – even though I’ve been writing on my blog most days, doing my current online class has switched me back onto pushing my writing as far as I can, playing with it, having fun with it, going deep and meaningful…. It’s been a great re-discovery πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Mmm … since returning to my love of crosswords, I’ve been considering a subscription too … so you’re way ahead of me! πŸ™‚
      Logic problems are great – though they sometimes get the better of me.

      Writing is a wonderful thing to reconnect with … as I am about to launch myself back into NaNoWriMo, I’ll be reconnecting properly with my writing again too! πŸ™‚
      I hope you keep having fun with writing about anything and everything that takes your fancy … πŸ™‚

  3. Gabrielle Bryden

    Can’t believe there is a left handed crossword – haha. I used to do the crossword every day, but dropped it off somehow – my mum always did the crossword!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I know! I can’t quite believe there are left-handed crosswords either … though this left-handed girl is grateful for it! πŸ™‚
      Doing crosswords is a lovely treat, and I think it works wonders for the mind and the vocabulary. My dad was always more of the crossword-doer in my household! πŸ™‚

  4. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    It’s so lovely when you re-connect with something from your past that brought you good feelings! My dad used to do the crossword in the paper as often as he could… I’d get to help him with it sometimes…. I always loved that time together.

    Something I’ve been feeling like I want to do lately is re-learn how to crochet! My Grandma taught me about 35 years ago when I was around 8, and I’ve completely forgotten how to do it over the years. I’ve been seeing a lot of crocheted things around lately, and they give me the most comforting vibe…. and I feel as though I want to create my own little pieces of ‘warmth and coziness’!

    Linda. xxx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I totally agree. That process of reconnecting with something from your past is a wonderful thing. It’s funny that we tend to forget ourselves a bit with the passing of time (I very much enjoyed your recent post on similar matters … you always get me thinking!). My dad was a crossword puzzle doer too – it’s certainly a lovely bonding experience … and so useful to have a team effort when one person gets stuck on a clue.

      Oh, I’ve been wanting to re-learn crochet recently too … I was also taught by my Grandma many, many years ago, and sadly forgot the skill. A few years back, I refreshed my knitting skills, so I really have to do the same on the crochet front soon. As you say, crocheted items are delightful … and it would be lovely to make a few handmade goodies for people with Christmas approaching.

  5. Virginia

    I’ve found journaling again. I used to just journal as a record of my days and emotions but lately I’ve been using my sketch book as a repository of project goals, ideas, sketches, as well as journaling sort of things. It’s been so much fun.

    Left-handed cross words?! YES! It’s so tough living in a righ-handed world!

    Virginia

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Virginia – Journaling is a wonderful thing to rediscover. In younger years I was definitely more of a ‘recorder’ of my days, but seemed to have fallen out of the habit over the years. I very much like your idea of capturing your goals, ideas and sketches, along with passing thoughts … that would be a wonderful collection to look back on after a week, month, year … or more, has passed.

      I know, can you believe there are left-handed crosswords? It’s so awesome! I still suffer those occasional frustrations about being a left-hander in a right-handed world … I really should visit the left-handed shop in Sydney and stock up on supplies like left-handed scissors.

  6. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Interestingly, it was my dad who taught me how to knit!! He also taught my mum. When he was in the navy they used to sew, embroider and knit to pass the time -who’d have thought!! It sort of went along with their rope and knot tying skills! I’ve forgotten how to do that too….. crochet seems a bit easier, so I think I’ll start there. I might be good enough by next Christmas. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for your lovely comment above…. I enjoy getting people thinking!

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – It’s so wonderful that your dad taught you how to knit (that’s such a wonderful story) … it seems especially sweet that he also taught your mum. The armed services sure passed on some practical skills to the servicemen … I used to know an old army cook, who could make all manner of delicious food (I guess you had to be able to keep all those hungry boys full to keep them fighting).

      I agree that crochet seems like an easier place to start than with knitting … though I did have fun re-learning ‘almost’ forgotten knitting stitches … and learning some new ones for the first time too!

      Well it’s a great thing you like to get people thinking, because your blog constantly does that for me! πŸ™‚

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