Tag: puzzles

My New Favorite Marylander: The Teen Crossword Phenom



Gaithersburg native and University of Maryland junior Erik Agard is good at solving crossword puzzles. Like, really good. Although he usually finishes “seven-ish” crosswords a day, according to a recent profile in the Washington Post, he’s also been known to do as many as 40. It takes him around five to ten minutes to finish the New York Times’s hardest weekly crossword (the Saturday puzzle), and his record for the easiest weekly puzzle (the Monday one) is a sizzling 2:17.

Taking Sudoku Seriously



In 2008, a three-month, million-dollar trial in Australia was nullified when it was revealed that five jurors had been playing Sudoku instead of listening to evidence. This is shocking, unless you’ve ever tried to tear yourself away from a puzzle-in-progress.