AC freely admits to not being the sharpest knife in the drawer — even to the extent that he could not think of anything better than this all-to-common metaphor. Lately, however, under certain evil influence out there on the Left Coast of this wonderful sea-to-sea-to-sea nation, he has succumbed to trying his hand at crossword puzzles. Due to his rather linear way of thinking, he will never become a whiz at an activity that requires good lateral thinking skills.
Nevertheless, he struggles in the probably vain hope that utilizing his diminishing brain power might stave off, at least for awhile, the onset of those miserable brain diseases that come to affect so many of the aged.
But he needs help (aside from a cure for writing in the third person, which for some bizarre reason is the way he began this post, and now he’s stuck with it no matter how asinine it sounds) from the experts.
Please do tell from yesterdays puzzle, for example, what sort of ordinary person knows that a Shark accompanist = Remora, Tic relative = Acarid, Extinct NZ bird = Conte, or that Amole is a Plant used as soap. While AC can see that slipping in the occasional piece of trivial minutiae is valid because it’s always nice to learn new facts and words, he fails to understand how one is supposed to deduce such clues if they are clumped together in the same section of the puzzle.
Finally, there are quite common words that he can’t associate with the clues even when he manages to guess them or is reduced to peeking at the solution. For example, I (phew — AC almost slipped into the first person) he requires, some bright light out there to tell him how Papercup is the answer to Signs of things to come, or how the answer to Ultimate can possibly be Emotions.
If you could splain that, AC would be grateful — in both the third and first person.