Sharpening your mind has never been so fun.
There are endless ways to tackle a crossword puzzle. Do' em at the dining room table on a slow weekend morning, pencil in hand (or pen, if you're feeling reckless). Fill 'em out on an app, and make the commute whiz by. Gather 'round the Sunday puzzle with friends, helping each other with clues.
No matter how you approach the crossword puzzle, this remains the same: There's not much in the world more satisfying than filling in that very last square.
Successfully completing a crossword puzzle definitely boosts the ego—but there are even more tangible benefits to crosswords than self-admiration. In 2017, research carried out by experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and Kings College London concluded that practitioners of word puzzles maintain brain function as they age, especially in the categories of attention, reasoning, and memory.
Essentially, doing crosswords is the equivalent of eating vegetables, for your mind. Except that crosswords are way more fun than salad. Here's where to find the best crossword puzzles for free online, in books, as well as some printable options for kids and beginners.
Tim: And in recent days, it seems, the president has been receiving his newest coronavirus intel briefing from Fox News. This time, they say, the pandemic is over and it’s time to move on. Throughout Tuesday night’s primetime stretch, Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham were in lockstep in telegraphing to Trump a message that the pandemic’s threat has been overstated, death counts have been inflated, and the U.S. is already on the downside of the curve. And as Fox News’ biggest stars tried to convince the president to ditch social distancing altogether, one of Trump’s own health officials rebuked the network’s faux-populist manipulation of the expert data and projections. “Physical distancing is incredibly important—remember the projections,” Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said Wednesday on Fox & Friends. “I have seen people twist that like this was not going to be that bad after all and we didn’t need to do it. That’s a complete misinterpretation. The estimate of deaths going down is the result of the fact that we have listened to the president and vice president and task force.” “I do want to emphasize the point, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but don’t keep your foot—don’t take your foot off the gas,” Giroir continued. “Because we really need to continue these efforts because we could see another peak, a second peak, a third peak if people don’t do the physical distancing or they think it’s all over. “It’s not over yet.”