In my last blog entry I talked about keeping the body moving and now I concentrate on the mind. It is a proven fact that daily stimulation of the mind is essential in maintaining a productive and active thought process. Of course there are many ways that this can be done but my favorite is with the old faithful … the NY Times Crossword puzzle.
This doesn’t mean that I have to subscribe to the paper or join a costly club. My well-worn paper-backed book, pictured here, is what works for me. I bought it about two years ago and it’s still one of the best bargains that I’ve ever found. When I saw that there were 1001 puzzles featured I did the math and found, to my delight, that this put the cost per puzzle at just a little over a penny! That was enough to convince this tight fisted New Englander to buy it and I still, at this date, have many puzzles left to solve.
As you see here there are 4 puzzles to each 8 ½ x 11 inch page.
And this proves to be another benefit of the book. The paper they are printed on is a sturdy, matte finish and I can easily tear out a page or two, fold them and carry them in my purse, along with a supply of those yellow Papermate pencils that serious puzzle workers couldn’t live without! Now I always have a puzzle on hand when caught in a waiting room with nothing to read.
I grant that there are many words in these puzzles that we will never use in casual conversation but that’s no excuse for letting our minds go stagnate. As I’ve said it’s my favorite exercise to ward off old-age brain-freeze but I’m sure you have some of your own and I’d love to hear about them.
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