I am planning to go back to walking, and shampoos and blow-drys, but in the meantime the crossword is still the thing. Particularly now I've been sent to this place. "Isn't that cheating, Mum?" daughter no. 2 says, watching me search Google for answers, "Oh, no," I said, "googling is like looking stuff up in an encyclopedia, otherwise no way would I ever know 'aquatic larva of fly' now, would I? But if you want to see cheating, well, just watch this..." And I typed in www.oneacross.com. Although I'm glad to report the Guardian Quick Crossword setter even manages to defeat the great cheating master, on occasion.
Anybody who's not getting any of this, read on:
Puzzle People inhabit a very special planet. One where it really helps to know the moons of Uranus and Saturn, for instance; they are always cropping up in puzzles. One where a lot of people seem to have attended Yale, as "Eli" is a prized world combination that seems to have helped many a puzzle composer out of a jam. Everyone listens to Abba, yet another helpful consonant-vowel combination, and eels, known as "congers" in puzzle-speak, are everywhere. Herman Melville's greatest novel is not "Moby-Dick" but the spelling anomaly "Omoo."
Rest of the article here. (Thank you Tina Langson, also the first person to point me in the direction of tykerb, the medicine I'm now on.)