This is Duchess, sadly now off on her next adventure with the Celestial Pack.
Isn't this a great photo of her?
I didn't know her, and I don't know her family, but her dad keeps a blog I visit every day.
Rex Parker NYT Xword
For NYT crossword fans, it's delicious to get the results when you're done, rather than having to wait till the next day.
And for me, it's always interesting and humbling (oh so humbling!) to see how casually he mentions the time it took him to finish.
And he posts every day, or has someone fill in.
I really respect that dedication!
When I first found his blog, I had no idea what "themers" were, or that a puzzle had north east corners.
Slowly I learned the vernacular, and what made a "good" puzzle (to me, they all seemed good, other than the ones that required crazy things, like a whole word in one square.)
How I feel reading Rex Parker's blog is, I'm sure, how some new writers feel reading this blog for the first time.
Do you remember the first bits of vernacular, or "inside info" you picked up here?
And, are you a puzzler too?