I like mental puzzles. I take great pride in my ability to do things like Sudoku, or logic puzzles, or codewords, or crosswords. I do them at home, on lunch breaks, and even in the bus on the way to and from work. This takes a bit more skill because sometimes the bumps on the road come exactly when I am writing down a crucial word or number. This doesn't really bother me though. It isn't the greatest frustration that I have. The greatest frustration comes when crossword puzzles are too easy, too predictable, or seemingly rather lazy.
A couple of years ago at my work, several people used to do the crossword puzzle as a group. They enjoyed doing it...but after a while they had to mix things up. I came upon them one day and witnessed a strange scene. The person holding the puzzle said the answers and they had to guess the clues. They were quite proficient at it. I guess the puzzles had gotten rather predictable.
As of late, the puzzles that I am doing (featured in the "free" newspaper) have been full of lazy clues. So many of them are suffixes and prefixes, or words that wouldn't normally need an s--but do in this case only. One TV show (How I Met Your Mother) has the main character saying they always use the same clue because they need the vowels--I didn't realize how true that was.
For the next week, I won't be doing the crossword puzzle, because it has become too predictable. I could blame it on myself. I am the one who chose to do the "free" puzzles. If I were smarter, I would go to the bookstore and get a book of tough crosswords. Then, at least, I wouldn't complain about easy and lazy crosswords.