A few years ago my wife started doing the crossword puzzles in the National Post and in the Globe and Mail on the week-end. I must admit, she very rarely finished the puzzles correctly but left the empty spaces if she did not know the answers. My nature is to finish, so of course, I helped with what I knew because of my pharmacy background and Yahoo. We began to finish each puzzle but our friends commented that using the computer aids was not kosher. We were not allowed that privilege. I take exception to their advice. When I take the clue given, as complicated as some are, and look them up on Yahoo, would you believe the same clue is found on Yahoo along with the answer. Obviously the author of the puzzles we use are in contact with the Yahoo people, and I do believe many of the users of Yahoo and Google and others are crossword people. People say if you cannot fill in the answer going across, try going down and the letters may fill in themselves . It happens sometimes, but not often. There are very many and topics that most people have no idea what the answers are It is my opinion that the majority of  people who finish the puzzle use the computer. Of course it goes without saying, stay away from the New York Times puzzle, it is too difficult for us ordinary humans.

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.


  • I just found this in an article in the NYTimes about learning to do their crossword puzzles, “IT’S NOT CHEATING, IT’S LEARNING

    “Tip: Don’t be afraid to look up answers. You’ll become a better solver for it.

    “Let me say something that may be controversial, but it needs to be said: It’s O.K. to look something up when solving a crossword.

    “Crosswords are ultimately learning tools, whether you’re learning some trivia or an interesting new word or phrase. When you look something up, you’re learning so you’ll know it for next time.

    “Of course, some solvers may tell you that looking up the answer to a clue is “cheating,” but to us, that way lies frustration and a path to giving up. And that’s no fun. Crosswords are a game, and games are supposed to be fun.

    “Still not sure looking things up is fair? Here is outright permission:

    “It’s your puzzle. Solve it any way you like.” — Will Weng, the second crosswords editor of The New York Times (1969 – 1977)”


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