‘Proof That America is Getting Dumber’ (2015)

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Three years ago, all crossword puzzles except for real easy ones stopped being published in crossword magazine, thus slamming the door shut on a peaceful, pleasant pastime. Sorry, but there’s just no satisfaction in answering “four-letter word for this thing with roots and branches and bark.”


Update: I am happy to report that a crossword puzzle magazine for literate adults is now being published again–“Solver’s Choice,” by Dell–and we’ve got one! Like, it’s so satisfying to solve a really hard puzzle that makes you work at it!

Thank you, Dell, for coming to realize that there are still some people in America who like to earn their satisfaction.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

4 responses to “‘Proof That America is Getting Dumber’ (2015)

  • Phoebe

    I subscribe to a number of the PennyPress puzzle magazines, some of which still have a few real crosswords. However, I long ago stopped doing crosswords because they HAD become so routine and/or easy, and now I get the variety puzzle magazines, where I especially like the crostics, syllacrostics, codewords, word games (a kind of crostic with tricky groups of definitions), cross sums, logic puzzles, etc. The crostics are my favorites, and I also get some all-crostics books from Penny Press.


  • marlene

    I used to do the NYT crosswords because they were the hardest and it took me nearly a week. Then I stopped because the NYT paper itself became too hot to handle and “fundamentally” tried to “change” me. Thanks for the Dell tip.


  • Unknowable

    It’s a wonderful mental exercise. Long may it wave.


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