I have been corresponding with Patrick who is Ryan’s sister’s boyfriend. Professionally, he is an actor and on the side he creates crossword puzzles. Patrick and I realized we had a naturally affinity for one another when we bandied about such words as amah, nene and ani. These are words that every puzzler needs to know. From time to time he has sent me a puzzle that he is developing. I have fun solving them and making suggestions. He has been submitting his puzzles to the New York Times Crossword puzzle editor, Will Shortz. This week he sent me the exciting news that one of his puzzles has been accepted and will appear in a Thursday paper. For those of you who don’t do these puzzles, Monday puzzles are the easiest and the escalate in difficulty through Saturday. A Sunday puzzle is about the level of a Thursday. So this is a great success for Patrick. Congratulations!

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