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Crossword puzzles can be challenging.

They can be a great exercise for the brain.

But they can also be a pain if you can’t control your anger.

Read ahead and click the blue link to discover a man’s dangerous passion for them.


I love crossword puzzles. My wife says they’ll kill me. I chuckle and tell her that I don’t see any assassin ninjas hiding in the blank squares. She smirks and says that the ninjas are inside my head. They lash out every time I sit down to solve the puzzle. I think she’s overreacting. She […]

I Love Crossword Puzzles by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores // Editores: Manuela Timofte / j re crivello

23 Comments on “I Love Crossword Puzzles by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores

  1. Who would have thought that a humble crossword puzzle could lead to this much anger! Seems innocent enough… but apparently, combined with coffee, there’s danger lurking. I know I have to stop myself after one cup of coffee a day, otherwise I might indeed resemble your character. I tend to stick to Sudoku, anyway. Seems safer. Great story, Terveen, as always.

    • Thank you so much, Britta. 🙂
      Caffeine and crosswords can be an aggravating pair. Haha! Sometimes, certain activities meant for pleasure and leisure can lead to disaster. I think your ‘one cup’ habit is a safe one.
      PS – Numbers might be better than letters.

  2. It is a brilliant story, Terveen! Wonderfully composed. I found it relatable, even though I have the exact opposite reaction to such situations – I feel so down when I get stuck solving puzzles that I have to take a break to clear my head!

    • Thank you so much, Aaysid! 🙂
      Puzzles do evoke weird emotions especially when they work against us. Haha. They often make us obsess about them. The competitive edge can be a sharp one.

  3. Crossword addiction happens to be a very real thing. And while it’s a great way to keep the old brain box sharp, it has its drawbacks, like distracting you from more important tasks, the frustration of leaving a puzzle incomplete because you lack the knowledge base, and feeling like a cheat when you find yourself Goggling the tougher clues and pretending to others that you’re smarter than you actually are.

    On the other hand, you can utilize your skills to solve crimes like Logan O’Connor in the Hallmark Channel Crossword Mysteries series.

    23 Down Clue: Deceased magician (11 letters).
    Answer: Abracadaver

    Please, no applause, just throw money.

  4. What an entertaining story. I love how you capture so much emotion in so few words. You are a master of flash fiction Terveen.

  5. What a fascinating story. You remind me of a real person who sits in a sales office in New Jersey. He is a Tamil and a super intelligent one. True story. He does crossword puzzle every day and his clients come knocking on his door. Everybody else in the sales office has to go out to soliciting client, but he doesn’t do that. And he has a lot of good ideas. He has always fascinated me.

    • Haha. This is a delightful share, Haoyan. It looks like he’s a sharp one. And I think his skill at crosswords must be equally good. Some people have all the brains and clients. Thanks for always sharing these real like snippets. 🙂

  6. I just feel like an idiot when I can’t get through even half the crossword. So I stopped attempting to solve them.

    • Hahahaha! I can relate to this.
      Why do puzzles have to make us feel like that?
      Isn’t it hard enough to deal with difficult people?
      Thanks so much! 🙂

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