A sketch of Oakwood’s Mary Lou Guizzo placed in one of her crossword puzzles. The sketch was drawn by Ben Kirchner as part of a New York Times article profiling Mary Lou, who regularly has her puzzles published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
My wife and I appreciate the cleverness of crossword constructors because we’ve started solving crosswords. We linger over breakfast (one of the great joys of retirement) and work on difficult puzzles that take us several days to complete.
We have our own rules. It’s illegal to find answers using the internet, but asking friends is fine. When family calls or when friends visit we might ask if they know the French word for autumn or the name of the Star Wars character who named Darth Vader.
We would probably solve our puzzles faster if we started calling Mary Lou Guizzo.