A Lifelong Love of Crosswords


“She would always do her Sudoku in the paper.” So said the social worker when I was picking up the meager possessions of my recently departed mother.

I tried not to roll my eyes. My mother would never have solved a Sudoku, ever. But she did like to solve the crossword every day in the Jerusalem Post. She would doggedly scratch in the answers and shake her head at her scribbles. Not the neat tidy handwriting she’d had throughout most of her life, but barely legible letters.

You see back in 2010 my mum had had a stroke and could barely use her right hand. The stroke had killed her ability to play the piano and had threatened to take away her love for crosswords. But my mother was determined not to let that happen.

Every day she would open the paper, pick up the pen with her left hand, and attempt to fill in the squares. With letters, always letters, never numbers – and definitely not Sudoku!


About paws4puzzles

I'm a writer and puzzle maker. I am the author of a YA fantasy series, P.A.W.S. and my puzzles have been published in many magazines from Dell and Penny Press and on the walls of the Eltana cafe in Seattle. My most recent release is a book of logic problems, Paws4Logic which I wrote together with my son, Joey.
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1 Response to A Lifelong Love of Crosswords

  1. paws4puzzles says:

    Reblogged this on Paws4Thought and commented:

    Another blog post about my mum, this time over on my puzzle blog.


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