They Reduce Stress ─ Crosswords are a fun, engaging way to take your mind off everyday worries for a while. They provide excellent “alone time” where you can safely decompress and unwind. In fact, research has shown that intellectually demanding activities like crossword puzzles or chess may be more effective for reducing anxiety than supposedly relaxing activities like watching TV or shopping.
On occasion, the puzzle author may use some little tricks, like using numbers or symbols to complete parts of words or phrases. Solving a puzzle like this will require a little creativity on your part. For instance, a puzzle may have the word "arrow" in each theme related clue, and that may indicate a need to put an actual arrow where these clues intersect. Sometimes, you may have to replace a word with a number.
by Patricia J. Jensen on Aug 05, 2018 Crossword