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Crosswords: From 1-Across to Umpteen Down

Week of June 15, 2019

Already hooked on crosswords? You’ll be able to showcase your expertise as you solve puzzles made especially for Rancho La Puerta. Think crosswords are too difficult for you? Learn tricks to successful completion of a puzzle. Exercise your brain while having fun!  Whether you’re clued in or clueless about crosswords, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Crossword Puzzle Solving Tips – Three Sessions

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Start with the basics and work up to tricky clues as we solve a puzzle together. Novices are encouraged to start at square one in the beginner session, but prior sessions aren’t prerequisites for latter ones. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to attend.

Ranch Family Feud
We can’t live on crosswords alone, so let’s switch gears!  If you like game shows, or just like winning free stuff, this session is for you.


Joanne Sullivan enjoyed solving puzzles since she was a child, but she avoided crosswords thinking they would be filled with arcane information. But when a friend encouraged her to attempt one she quickly became an avid solver, then a crossword constructor. In 2010 her first published puzzle appeared in The New York Times, the most celebrated venue for crossword puzzles. Crossword editor Will Shortz honored her debut puzzle by including it in his book Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles: 101 of the Top Crosswords from The New York Times. Her puzzle was also one of the “11 Remarkable Crosswords for New Solvers” that The Times highlighted as it celebrated the 75th anniversary of its crossword on February 15, 2017. Joanne makes crosswords for various publications, organizations, individuals, and events. The PuzzleNation Blog picked a puzzle that she co-wrote for The Indie 500 crossword tournament as its favorite crossword of 2016. She particularly enjoys showing people how fun crosswords can be. She’s helped novices and experienced solvers improve their skills and has even converted a few crossword skeptics.