Friday, October 28, 2016

She Got A Name

San Geraldo is a master when it comes to Sudoku. It's difficult for him to find a book of Sudoku puzzles challenging enough.

I, on the other hand, love crosswords and have no patience for Sudoku.

During our month in New York, San Geraldo took to doing the New York Times crossword puzzle that arrived (in the paper) every day at my mother's door. He enjoyed it so much that he has since subscribed to the online puzzle.

Thursday, he printed out copies of Wednesday's puzzle (the online subscription is a day behind) for us both to work on over our morning coffee.

I had completed mine (in record time, although I don't know what record I'm comparing to), while San Geraldo continued to toil away at his. He's much better at Sudoku than he is at crosswords and he let me know that he didn't enjoy watching me scratch away at my puzzle while he stared fixedly at his own.

After a while he asked, "What's the first name of that actress Tatum?"

I peered at him over my glasses.

"Tatum," I said.

"Yeah, that actress Tatum, what's her first name?" he repeated.

"Um, Tatum," I repeated while gazing into those beautiful, clueless, blue eyes. "Last name, O'Neal. O-N-E-A-L."

This morning, he printed out the Thursday puzzle for himself and last Sunday's puzzle for me. He said he didn't like the pressure.

FIRST NAME: TATUM.
LAST NAME: O'NEAL.

24 comments:

  1. Maybe he got confused by knowing the name of Channing T.?

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  2. My game is the daily Cryptoquip! The New York Times crossword is way too hard for me and Sudoku totally stumps me.

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    1. Ms Sparrow:
      I don't have patience for Sudoku and I've never gotten into Cryptoquips. But for me, the NYT crossword, like other crosswords, gets easier the more you do it.

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  3. I cant do Sudoku at all. I loved that film with Tatum O'Neal.

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    1. Rachel:
      I think it may be time to see Paper Moon again. I haven't seen it since it first came out.

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  4. Mitchel I admire Samn Geraldo iI hate Sudoku

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    1. Gosia:
      He loves Sudoku and is so good at it. It's much to slow-going for me!

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  5. So enjoyed this post, Mitch!
    I got HOOKED on sudoku about 3 years ago and am working on an extremely difficult book now. Sometimes it takes me days to complete one! But I don't time myself....good brain work.

    I am very impressed with Jerry doing daily NY crossword puzzles daily! I have never finished one....ever!! Tells me something!! lol

    'Paper Moon' with Tatum (first name) O'Neil (last name)...fav musical score.

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    1. Jim:
      I mentioned above that it may be time to see Paper Moon again. I can't even remember the score!

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  6. Sukodu entered my life in 2005 while I was at my last job and the gal I was working with was constantly stopping at her desk to look down at a piece of paper with some numbers on it.
    I asked her "What is this?"
    "Ron this is my addiction, my daily sudoko."
    I have been addicted now for 11 years. It truly believe it helps with order in my brain and life.
    And NYT crosswords have always been part of my life ~ only problem ~ in our neck of the woods the puzzle ONLY arrives on a Saturday and it's ALWAYS 1 to 2 weeks behind. Oh well, it took a few years to realize that NYT offered a puzzle a day from easy to hard throughout the week.
    Now while I scour the CW page and see that the answers are not becoming evident I usually announce "This puzzle must a Thursday, Friday or Saturday one. So difficult!!"

    Tomorrow Saturday ~ YAY ~ NYT Crossword Puzzle day ~ can't wait!

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    1. Ron:
      Jerry was really funny in New York. Is it my imagine or do these get harder every day?!?

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  7. YAYZ, you ended your post with a philly boy! :)

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    1. anne marie:
      Just for you! Have you ever been to Croce's in San Diego, California? In the Gaslamp Quarter and very popular when we lived there.

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  8. I love puzzles... word puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Bill is the sudoku person in our house. I think we both do the USA Today puzzles on-line... you can choose the level of difficulty. I'm told working puzzles keeps the brain sharp.... one can try ;-)

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    1. Sharon:
      I've do three online puzzles every morning before coffee -- USA Today, Uclick (Boston Globe and others), and LA Times. I STILL prefer the NY Times.

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  9. I've never tried sudoku puzzles - I'm afraid I might like them too much.

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    1. Wilma:
      They are clearly addictive (for some people).

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  10. It's a melody played in a penny arcade...

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I have listened to the song several times since writing this post. I can't get it out of my head. But it wouldn't be make believe if you believed in me.

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  11. I swear Carlos and I have had that exact same conversation. I distinctly remember saying to him, over and over, "Uh, Tatum!"

    And I love a good crossword; the Sudoku stuff is for the birds!

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    1. Bob:
      Today's crossword answers was the Monopoly property -- Vermillion Ave -- um... Vermont Avenue?

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  12. Do you ever do the cryptic crossword puzzles? They are my favorite.

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    1. Spo:
      I've done them but have never become hooked. Give me a plain old crossword (and preferably the NYT) any day.

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