Nearly five years ago (can you believe it??) I wrote a post entitled "My Puzzling Life". Several years later, I'm still something of a puzzle addict. Most mornings. we go for a walk and pick up the Metro, which has a Sudoku and a Crossword. 24 Hours (English and French) are no longer published in Ottawa. The Citizen is now 6 days a week (Monday through Saturday) and I always do the Jumble, the Sudoku, the Kenkens and the Canadian Cyberquote. I also like to pick up occasional puzzle book in which I do the Frameworks/Kriss-Krosses, StretchLetters and Cryptoquizzes/Cryptoclans. Online, I do the daily "Nightmare" Sudoku, the 7X7 KenKen (I think it appeals to me because it's the highest 1-digit prime-number) and just recently, the brand-new 2048 puzzle. So far, the highest score I've attained is somewhere just above 20,000 - I've managed to score two 1024's (as well as some 512's and 256's 1nd 128's) but haven't yet managed to put them together to make a 2048. Once I actually manage to win a 2048, my enthusiasm for the puzzle may wane, but we shall see...
Seven days a week, I look forward to doing the sudoku, kenken, jumble and cryptogram in the Ottawa Citizen. I do their crosswords selectively - I especially look forward to the "North of 49" puzzle in the Saturday Citizen. On weekdays after breakfast, we walk around the corner to get Metro and 24 Hours, where I do another round of puzzles.
When I'm travelling, I often bring along a purchased variety puzzles or cryptograms or kenken book.

I've often thought it would be interesting to try writing a novel, or even a short story or poem, based around some of the words that regularly occur in crossword puzzles (and perhaps on Scrabble boards) but not necessarily in everyday discourse. Here is a list of some of the words I would include:

abed
ace
acme
ad lib
ado
aegis
aeon (eon)
aerie
afro
aft
aga/agha
age(s)
ago
agog
ague
aid, aide
ail
alar
alga(e)
aloe
amo(re)
anil
anon
ante
anti
aone
ape,aper,apes
apex
aqua
aria
aril
asap
atigi
atoll
ave
aver
avow
awe
aye

bard
bole
bot
brie
bro
cab
caw
chap
clod
coo
crag
cram
cue
czar (tsar)
den
din
dodo
don
dud
dun
duo
dna

echo
edo
eel
e(')en
e(')er
eke
elan
elite
ell
elope
ems
emu
ens
epic
epoch
epos
era
ergo
ern(e)
err
et al
etui
eve
exeunt
exit

fez
fiat
flak
flax
flex
floe
flu
flue
fore
gar
gent
gnu
grad
grok
hila
hora
hula
hype

ibid
idea
ides
inn
iris
isis

kayak
kea
ken
kin
kit
koi
lad
lair
lass
lea
lei
lieu
llama
lob
loo
lop
loge
lug
luge
luxe
lyre
mete
moa
moat

oar
oasis
oast
oath
obi
obi
odor/odour
o(')er
off/offs
oft
ogee
oleo
olio
olla
omit
on/ons
op cit
op ed
opie
opine
ore
ort
ova
ovum

pa
pal
pap
par
paw
prep
pro
prop
qatar
qi
qom
qua
queue
qui
quid
quo
quorum
raja
rani
re
rhea
rna
roc
roe
rpm
saga
sari
scab
scan
scar
sear
sere
shalt
sham
shim
shod
slob
sloe
sop
sot
spa
spar
spur
sup
tad
tag
tare
tarn
tarp
taxi
tbar
tee
tern
tet
thee
thou
tit
tnt
tog
tot
tote
trek
trio
tut
tyro

uke
ulna
ulu
umiak
user
ute
uva
uvb
uvea

via
vibe
vim
vip
wee
xi
xray
yaw
yay
zap
zeal
zip
zit
zoo
zoom
zoot
zulu

Well, it's a good start, though by no means exhaustive. Maybe I'll build on it later.

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