Anyhow, these books brought to mind a man I used to work with many – oh so many – years ago who used to enjoy doing these puzzles in the newspaper every day. Well, one time I beat him to it, and although he wasn’t upset that, he was upset at the way I circled my findings. With big circles around each individual letter; so big that they ended up touching each other. Some people circle entire words, I circle each letter in each word. With big circles. BIG.
|Most people circle entire words. I circle each letter individually.|
He said my method was distracting and confusing and annoying and that I should make very small, tight circles around each letter. And the circles must never touch. Never. Because the page becomes messier and messier as more and more circles are added, which makes it harder and harder to find words. He was also the type of person that circles each individual letter, he said, but his circles were done “the right way”. Tiny. He was visibly upset as I worked on the puzzle and I couldn’t believe how much this frustrated him. But I guess we all have our quirks.
I smiled thinking about him as I was working on some puzzles recently, wondering what ever happened to him (he’d be somewhere in his mid to late eighties now) and whether he still does these puzzles if he’s still in this world. And every time I located a word and circled each letter with big – BIG – circles, I imagined him sitting next to me shaking his head and sighing heavily.
Do you do these types of puzzles?