I’ve been on a crossword puzzle kick lately, after my wife had bought me a book of such puzzles. The puzzles are relatively easy, and only take about 10-15 minutes to complete, at least how I define complete. I might solve 95% of a puzzle and realize there’s no way I’ll ever solve for the last two or three clues. So I simply turn to the solution and then fill in the rest of the puzzle.
But completing such puzzles is not what I’m potentially bragging about.
In one of the puzzles I was doing today, the following clue appeared:
Porky Pig’s love
An answer came to mind immediately, and I checked if it was the right number of spaces. It was, so I filled in the answer, and after filling in a couple of the clues that were using some of those same letters, I was pretty confident I had answered correctly.
But then I started thinking, should I be proud of the fact that I can remember who was Porky Pig’s love, when sometimes I can’t remember who my two U.S. Senators are for the State of Pennsylvania, or who my U.S. Congressional representative is?
Or that I can’t remember the name of a student a day after I just had a half-hour Zoom call with him or her?
And a couple things I’ll never remember, no matter how many times I’ve been told.
I can never remember if red or white wine is the one that is meant to be kept cold.
And I can never remember what the proper way to slice a tomato is – do I turn it on its side or keep it with the stem facing up?
I have to ask my wife every time I do one of those tasks.
But Petunia. Her name will likely be with me to my final days. I wonder if somehow I was strangely attracted to her…
Most likely it’s simply a sign of what a wonderful childhood I had, especially Saturday mornings.
Who knew that spending a few hours every Saturday glued to a black and white TV set would pay off 55 years later?
Now I hope an upcoming crossword puzzle asks for Quick Draw McGraw’s sidekick, the name of his mask wearing alter-ego, or his biscuit loving dog.
And if you’re thinking I’m not ready for the New York Times crossword puzzle, you would be correct…