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Reasons Why I am Terrible at Crossword Puzzles in This Country
Crossword puzzles can be fun, or- given the right circumstances, ungodly frustrating. Here in England, I face no language barrier, and it has lulled me into a false sense of comfort and belonging; however, nothing points out my differences like the impossibility of crossword puzzles in the back of newspapers and magazines. It is not that the clues are challenging, it is just that even when I have an answer, no matter how hard I try, I cannot figure out a spelling that will satisfy the number of small squares waiting for their combination of vowels and consonants.
Seems easy enough, but like their driving, the British spelling seems, to me, a bit backwards.
1. the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light ( 6 let.)
Color, right? wrong, only 5 letters… no good.
There is no room for a crossword puzzle enthusiast when night clothes consisting of loose-fitting trousers and jacket are pyjamas… a simple transposed American “a” for the British “y” can prove disastrous, turning a “jacket” into the monstrous conglomeration of consonants “jycket” that now runs vertically through the former once-thought-correct answer.
Several times I have found myself attempting to bulk up “draft” to fit more snug in a space set aside for “draught” or adding far to many m’s on the end of “program” trying to figure out why it does not sit comfortably in the latent “programme” or even trying to figure our why “checkers” does not satiate the squares waiting to accept the answer to small, usually red or black disks of plastic or wood, used in playing a “kingly” game. only to find out a week later in the answer key that the proper word was “chequers”