Thursday, January 3, 2019

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December 2018
Clue: Hoer?...............................................SANTA
Constructor: Jack Murtagh; Editor: Mike Shank
Wall Street Journal, Thursday, December 6, 2018

Monday, December 31, 2018

Clever Clue Nominees

Please vote for the best clue from December (either by email or comments below). The Clever Clue of the Month will be announced on Thursday.

Derby head..............................LOO
Its Facebook page has a lot of cheesecake 
photos..................................SARALEE
Hoer?...................................SANTA
Was depressed, maybe....................SAIDAH             
National defense concern?...............ERROR
What leads many people to say "Let's face 
it"?....................................MECCA

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cognitive Dissonance


The UPI headline said: "Puzzles, games may keep brain sharp in aging." The BBC headline said: "Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'." Must be two different studies- right? Wrong. Both stories are based on a Scottish study which looked at 498 people born in 1936 who had taken part in a group intelligence test at the age of 11. The current study started when they were about 64 years old and they were recalled for memory and mental-processing-speed testing up to five times over a 15-year period.

The results: even though the headlines sound contradictory, the articles both say that crossword puzzles won't prevent the aging brain from slowing down, however, they may give older adults a higher "starting point" from which to decline.

The takeaway? Don't do crosswords because they prevent dementia. Do them because you enjoy them. And, of course, diet and exercise may help prevent Alzheimer's and a host of other ills. And one healthy tip: do crosswords with others - make it a social activity.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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November 2018
Clue: Monitor of net income?.....................GOALIE 
Constructor: David Alfred Bywaters; Editor: Mike Shank
Wall Street Journal, Saturday, November 17, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

Clever Clue Nominees

Please vote for the best clue from November (either by email or comments below). The Clever Clue of the Month will be announced on Monday.

Hunk in a shower?.......................METEOR
Celebrity profile revisions?............NOSEJOBS
Cuts from the cloth.....................DEFROCKS
Line between pants......................AMITOOLATE
Type face?..............................EMOTICON
Monitor of net income?..................GOALIE

Monday, November 5, 2018

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October 2018
Clue: Items you might travel with...............ESCAPE 
Constructor/Editor: Patrick Berry
New Yorker, Monday, October 1, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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September 2018
Clue: Slip of the pen..................................ESCAPE 
Constructor: Kyle Dolan; Editor: Mike Shank
Wall Street Journal, Saturday, September 9, 2018