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IMG_0871On “Power Grid,” today’s puzzle for The WSJ Daily Crossword, I managed to complete the entire northwest corner without resorting to Google or a dictionary or any other memory crutch! That’s the first time I’ve come that far since my shenanigans!

Which gives me incentive to add more distraction to an already busy day: Attempt to complete this day’s puzzle.

For each of the six days during any week that the WSJ lands on my driveway, one of my daily routines involves devoting at least 10-15 minutes of the day’s unplugged time toward filling in as many letters in the WSJ crossword as I can. Back in college days, that would frequently take me far enough to have me carrying the Journal with me through the day to add a word or two now and then until relaxation in the evening, when typically I could complete that day’s exercise. Even through my busiest Wall Street and Beltway working days, I often completed the puzzle.

Since 2011, it’s been more a matter of therapy than of relaxation. Even today, six years after my pass through death, I continue to work on my balance and stamina and other health concerns. And if anything, my mental health has even further to go if I am ever to regain what I had before.

Eh, but I may never be back to completing one of these WSJ crosswords on a same-day basis, and I have so very much else to be doing today. So past this great start that I had, I’ll probably content myself with knowing the answer to 65 Across: a five-letter word with the clue, “Jose Altuve, for one.”

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Written by macheide

6 December 2017 at 12:35 pm

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