August 20, 2005
Crosswordese and the Arts
I Googled “Crosswordese” the other day and was disappointed to find that this site was not the first to come up. What did come up was a poem by Tyler Hinman. You may remember Tyler from my March 19 posting, “A New Champion”. He's the 20-year-old phenom who won this year's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Well, he's also a poet. He's graciously granted me permission to re-print his poem here. (You'll recognize many of the words which have shown up as our “Word of the Day”. Many of the others will show up soon.)
language is filled with thousands of words.
is true, on occasion, that you will be asked
prove your worth among puzzledom's giants,
doubt, the most popular cruciverbial bird
a few of our lush planet's rivers
stated, know the letters of Greek,
complete knowledge of crosswording golfers,
few are a puzzler's Dianas.
celebrities frequent the grid,
*[No, this doesn't rhyme with "wiser". I was an idiot. Now I just see it as an amusing in-joke to those who actually know how to pronounce it.]
Tyler's web site can be found at: http://www.angelfire.com/games3/quandary27/boxtalk/xwordese.html
Tyler isn't the only one to use “crosswordese” as a subject for artistic musings. The third search result at Yahoo yielded what I suspect is the first song ever written on the subject. Before I introduce it I should point out that this site (crosswordese.com) was the first search result at Yahoo. I'm beginning to like Yahoo more and more.
Anyway, the song is titled “The Crosswordese Blues” written by Alan Arbesfeld. It was sung at that same tournament mentioned above. It's a participation song where the audience shouts out crosswordese gems on cue. I'm guessing Tyler was there leading the participation. Now, due to the wonders of the WWW, you too can participate. At the following link you'll be able to watch a video of the performance: http://www.crosswordtournament.com/2005/arbesfeld.htm
Thanks for stopping by. Please let me know what you think of the poetry, the music, or anything else at this site.
Paul Stynsberg, Crosswordese.com © 2004