January 15, 2007

Yesterday I watched two word nerd movies: “Word Wars” and “Wordplay.” The first follows four scrabble experts and their journey to compete in a yearly Scrabble tournament, the second interviews Will Shortz and the mechanics of the New York Times crossword puzzle. One of the saltier crossword puzzle constructor commented that people will always love puzzles because of their never ending desire to “figure things out.” Isn’t it that same impulse that drives our curiosity for science? Our spiritual quest? The educational process? Our courage to question and analyze?

These daily puzzles may be cosmically insignificant, but to very many people, they seem as important as meditation, exercise, and learning.

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