June 21, 2003 |
Elderly people who frequently read, do crossword puzzles, practice a musical instrument or play board games cut their risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by nearly two-thirds compared with people who seldom do such activities, researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that volunteers who did crossword puzzles four days a week had a risk of dementia nearly half that of subjects who did puzzles weekly.
December 1, 1985
About the crossword puzzles--I avidly work them and think Tunick and Bursztyn are remarkable. In fact, I send the puzzle to my daughter every week and a thoughtful neighbor gives me hers. I would hate to miss even one. I have found that the new format requires an Eraser-Mate(2), which is an erasable ink pen--I use fine point. That makes it very easy to work on that very shiny paper. Eloise Chapin Arcadia
May 23, 1999
I love all of Merl Reagle's crossword puzzles, including "The Short Form" in the May 2 issue. But if Reagle was going to graduate Troy Aikman from any other school than UCLA, I wish he'd chosen the University of Michigan. Ed Greer Hemet Editor's note: Chalk it up to wishful thinking? Or was it Troy's name that led puzzle writer Merl Reagle to mistakenly (and to the horror of UCLA fans) credit cross-town rival USC and its Trojans as the alma mater of the Dallas Cowboys superstar?
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February 28, 1985
To anyone who does crossword puzzles, the name in the headline of the obituary leaped from the page of the newspaper. Ina Claire, the Broadway star of the 1920s who never quite made it in films, had died in San Francisco at age 89 (another source says that she was 92). Though she hadn't been on a stage in years, her name regularly graces the crossword puzzles, so it was startling to find it so out of place in a headline.
April 18, 1993
In response to "Decision '93," April 11: Profiles of 24 people in the race for mayor. Take another look at their interests--hiking, athletics, scuba diving, growing roses, dogs, crossword puzzles, etc. Gimme a break! Is that all there is to these folks' lives and world? Tens of thousands of people are sleeping in the streets in this City of Angels; in some parts of town nearly half the young are unemployed; murder is now a wholesale business and these clowns are talking about hiking and Greek dancing.
June 6, 1999
Wow! A thousand consecutive L.A. Times Sunday crossword puzzles ("A Grand Occasion," May 30). If my math is accurate, that means that the collaboration of Barry Tunick and Sylvia Bursztyn has gone on for about 20 years. What a remarkable achievement! And how do we learn about it? They tell us by working it into the Puzzler, of course. May the collaboration go on for at least another 20 years. JOHN SCHULTE Banning Tunick and Bursztyn deserve the congratulations and praise of cruciverbalists everywhere, and I sincerely hope they get them.