It started innocently enough... a puzzle in the daily paper. Just a little pencil play to pass the time, right? Sigh...
I solved the first puzzle easily. Feeling smug, I tackled the puzzle in the next day's paper too. Oh oh, not so easy this time. OK, that's fine. That's why we invented White-Out after all, right. I mean, nobody types anymore. (Do they??) I solved it. Eventually.
I let it go. For a few days, I did no puzzles, being busy with the rest of my life and all.
The day came when I was able to solve a puzzle with a more advanced difficulty rating. Triumph!! Sweet! (See previous post if you need to read more bragging...)
You have to know what's coming next, don't you?
I discovered Sudoku... ONLINE! (Miniclip:Sudoku) Birds sing soothingly while I play. Not only that, it keeps my time and records my stats. My record for solving the "hard" puzzle is 11:47. That's right. I keep track.
Unfortunately, Sudoku is not a pass time one can discuss in public. People don't like it. I get the feeling that they would almost rather that I correct their grammar. So, I keep Sudoku and my opinions on proper speech patterns to myself.
However, before I burst, I will allow myself this one last tiny public mention of my secret hobby. Today's paper included a puzzle rated at a 5 star difficulty level. It was difficult alright. Fiendishly difficulty. It took me several false starts and 2 pieces of scratch paper but -- duh duhduh DAAAHHHH! -- I did it.