So you don't have time for cryptic crosswords?
I do a couple of quick crosswords and three or four highschool/ college math/physics problems before I go to bed every night. I classify it as spending quality time with my esteemed spouse.
I created my first crossword when I was 9. It was actually surprisingly good, I found it years later and felt happy with it. The clues were the problem, I gave the crossword to my dad hoping he would have fun solving it, but I couldn't define words properly. He smiled an asked whether that crossword was cryptic. I was like WTF. This was my first contact with a cryptic crossword.
little nerdy gaitare.
When I was 11, I had a terrible winter. Flus, colds, rubella, you name it. The only upside was that that winter there was no need to fake an ilness during the Australian Open to avoid school. My parents were buying me crossword mags. For adults. Some of them, including the cryptic ones, had large black squares inside them, I found it intriguing but never asked questions. I was told later that the crosswords contained pics of naked women and my father was defacing them with a black pen. This wasn't my first contact with a naked woman.
Papa probably blacked them out because they were of naked 'women'.