Those who know me well know that I am partial to a range of these. From a kakuro to a griddler, crosswords both numerical and word-based, there is a puzzle for my every mood. I love to sit down with one of my favourite pencils (everyone has a favourite pencil, don’t they?) and get down to business. I even have a clipboard dedicated to this purpose.
Yes, I do know how rock and roll I am. So rock and roll that one night at Uni when all my friends were probably out drinking themselves silly, I walked to the 24 hour garage to buy Puzzler magazine. When I got home I realised, to my dismay, it was the same issue I had recently completed. That rock and roll.
Every now and then, on one of my loft-based rummages, I come across one of my most treasured possessions – a custom issue of Puzzler Magazine where I feature on the front cover, made for me by one of my friends. On the back, being ably assisted by some mobility furniture, is Chris. This is a fitting tribute to my love of the puzzle.
Before we had the children, every Saturday morning I used to pop to a local cafe to indulge myself in a couple of coffees over a super sudoku in the Indy. Sadly, I don’t get time to read a newspaper anymore. Or drink drinks whilst they are still hot. I can’t even buy a print copy of the Indy. And due to their obvious superiority, all of my special pencils have been commandeered by a small boy. How the world changes…
If by some miracle I am able to find one of my own pencils and sit down long enough to actually start doing a puzzle, mere minutes pass before one of the kids will need something inedible removed from their mouth, to be rescued from an overambitious expedition down the back of some furniture, require a snack or some other assistance.
By the time I return to it, it looks like this:
They seem to have reached an understanding, one of them creating a diversion whilst the other has a go at solving 1 across. It is probably their way of telling me to stop procrastinating and get on with something more pressing. I’m proud of the emergent teamwork. Also I’m glad that we all have a common interest 🙂 . Needless to say, the days of purchasing more than one issue of Puzzler per month are long gone…