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Lead entry from (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Bulletin Board, October 17, 2004

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Why doesn't everyone love crosswords? It's a puzzle!

Writes Poet X of PDX: "A sort of ode to crosswords, long on the back burner of things I'd like to write about:

"Of course I've long had a fondness for, and fascination with, words. I have done crossword puzzles since I was in grade school. What's most entertaining about them is the broad range of knowledge they encompass, from boxing to music to chemistry and heraldry. How could I do without some of the knowledge I've gained specifically from crosswords?

"First to come to mind are arcane or otherwise unusual words that are common in crosswords: etui, esne, obi, inure (or enure), ana, edda. And how else would I be exposed to things I have little or no interest in otherwise? Operas, their composers and actual aria titles come to mind.

"And isn't it convenient that the kinds of wordplay that amuse me also amuse cruciverbalists (those who construct crosswords)? This was true even before my own attempt at being a cruciverbalist (which was successful enough that I earned a side income at it for about a year 'way back when'), and remains so now that I've put that fixation (almost a disease!) aside.

"Crosswords are a great way to learn a lot of downright interesting stuff one might not otherwise learn  but then learning has always been a pleasure to me. I delude myself and like to imagine we're all that appreciatively human, loving to learn. (I'm living in a dream world, I know. Seven letters, F-A-N-T-A-S-Y?)"

Law Firm of the Day: Etui, Esne, Obi, Inure, Enure, Ana & Edda

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