crossword puzzles and fencing

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  1. seak

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    Having just watched the movie Wordplay my best friend (who is also a fencer) and I had the same thought. The people who seriously do crossword puzzles are a lot like fencers

    And as they were interviewing the people who attended tha nnual crossword tournament and the atmosphere around it it seemed a lot like a summer nationals type thing, except people were competing over crossword puzzle's instead of fencing.

    Any other people think this? or are my friend and I completely off of our rockers (def possible :) )
     
  2. Go? Fencing?

    Go? Fencing? Rookie

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    I was doing a crossword the other day. The clue was "Fencer's foil", four letters. The answer? "epee". Wrong, I tell you! A foil is not an epee!
     
  3. akaiyuki

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    The clue should have been "Not as good a weapon as foil".
     
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  4. Zilverzmurfen

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    Or rather "The foil improved". :D
     
  5. Simaraon

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    Cryptics only

    I know of several top ranked fencers (nationally and internationally) who are all very competent cryptic crossword solvers as well as brilliant high speed sudoku solvers. The two go hand in hand. Some play a mean game of chess as well.

    Plain old crosswords are pretty boring.

    Simaraon
     
  6. Goldgar

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    Gotta see that movie!

    I don't know, but when my friends and I travel to competitions together, we always pass the time on the plane by doing crossword puzzles. Is there a natural affinity between fencers and puzzlers? And do different types of puzzles appeal to proponents of different weapons? Someone should do a study ... or a poll.
     
  7. Peach

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    I liked "Wordplay" too, though it reminded me of the general amiability and intense competitiveness of almost every enthusiast's convention I've ever witnessed--including Star Trek conventions. :)
     
  8. kilo_foxtrot

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    I would consider joining SCA--even briefly--if they allowed bat'leth.

    Then we'll see which has more intense competitiveness.


    /trekkie
     
  9. akaiyuki

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    I got hooked on sudoku after solving one on the newspaper one day (fairly recent). I love minesweeper too - does that count? :cool:
    A bunch of fencers that I know can solve the rubik's cube :darwin:
     
  10. D'Artag-NOT

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    I've been doing crosswords since I was 10 (more than 30 years before I started fencing), and I'm at the point where I order the "Expert and Challenger" crossword books from Dell because they're the only ones that really challenge me any more.

    Perhaps if I fence for 40 years I'll get that good at foil? (At least in the Veterans 80-90 category!)

    Most crossword clues dealing with fencing are iffy in terms of accuracy. The word "epee" gets used a lot in crosswords because of all those "e"'s--very handy for people constructing puzzles in English.
     
  11. sabreur

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    I do (complete without cheating) the NYT Friday and Sunday crosswords every week.

    And if I kill them too quickly, I download the Washington Post and LA Times Sunday crosswords...
     
  12. secretly

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    I like Japanese Crosswords (a.k.a. paint by numbers) like these
     
  13. edew

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    I do almost all the NYT crosswords, although Fri's and Sat's are usually pretty hard (and I don't always have enough time to try them). Sunday's are usually fun. Soduko are are ok, but I don't get as much of an enjoyment at the end.
     

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