Last weekend, I had to stay indoors. I tried a crossword puzzle. Many clues had clever wordplay or used uncommon definitions of words. It felt fulfilling, figuring out the answers to clues or knowing random trivia. I became addicted to crossword puzzles, and finished over 300. The NYTimes Crossword app is really good; it has an archive of all the daily crossword puzzles going back to 2014.
I learned a lot of short words. One interesting word I learned is zarf, the paper holder that goes around a coffee cup. A word that showed up frequently was Edsel. Edsel is the name of Henry Ford’s son, and also the name of a car that Ford introduced in the 1950s that is now a case study on failed marketing.
I have an addictive personality, so I knew I had to nip this in the bud. On Monday, I deleted the crossword puzzle app from my phone.