Chapter 12. Crosswords

The Skim

Just Crosswords


This book is largely my gift to humanity, but I can't deny that it has selfish undertones. I'm cashing the advance checks, for one. For another, I'm slinging in a chapter on crosswords because I'm interpreting my self-imposed mandate "take everything from your personal and professional life and put it on your iPhone" and doing a simple swap of personal pronouns.

I love crosswords. I try to do several a week. It gives me all the ben-efits of a game (procrastination, spending money on a lonely, isolating activity) with the expectation that the brain cells I fry will be outweighed by the number of new synaptic pathways I form while trying to figure out a three-letter word for "Shovels can be these, blankly" that starts with a Q.

Solutions for putting crossword puzzles on an iPhone settle into two options: a single iPhone app that's a great puzzle downloader for many difference puzzle sources, and the dedicated apps pushed out by the publishers of certain blue-chip and quasi-blue-chip daily crosswords.


Crosswords by Stand Alone ( is my favorite crossword app for the iPhone. It's truly one-stop shopping. It connects to several online sources of free, daily and weekly crosswords, and can keep you rolling in brain-wranglers indefinitely. Just tap on a puzzle and it arrives on your iPhone in moments (see Figure ...

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