I am sometimes asked why people do puzzles, especially by non-puzzling people who can’t understand why we spend time struggling with crosswords or sudoku puzzles when we don’t have to. It’s a good question, and finding the answer to that is a puzzle in itself.
First of all, humans have an innate urge to discover patterns and to solve problems. We like to test ourselves and hopefully improve our skills. Some people prefer golf, abseiling or training dogs.
When rising to the challenge of a crossword, [more…]