Doing puzzles is something I’ve grown up with, both of the jigsaw- and the mind- kind. While I haven’t done a jigsaw puzzle on my own for many years, I fondly remember doing them with my Mum. More importantly for me, though, she always had a mind-puzzle on the go. Her favourite was wordsearches, but she also enjoyed crosswords – she’d even let me join in, me sitting on her lap, pointing at where her pen should mark. Mum entered hundreds of competitions too, many of which would see her unscramble an anagram or solve a clue. I also remember us playing this travel game which was a bit like draughts, only with coloured pegs that pinned into a diamond-shape 3D board as you advanced across it (if anyone knows what this was called, please let me know!).
Puzzle-playing was a pastime of my childhood...and I continue to indulge it now I’m (well into!) adulthood. Crosswords are my third favourite, wordsearches second, with first place going to...Arrow-words. With no filled-in boxes acting as barriers like in a crossword, or extraneous letters muddling the mind as in a wordsearch, I find Arrow-words less linear and so more...free and easy, quick and creative spark-y, I guess.
Filling in an Arrow-word doesn’t happen every day, but when I do one, I find the puzzle terribly more-ish and have to solve another one and another... Perhaps it’s the mind-equivalent of polishing off a box of chocolates! It certainly fuels my word-collecting appetite anyway, and so I thought I’d share some of the words that I’ve collected from my recent Arrow-words puzzle:
Slovenly Proximity Furtive Shock Lively Invigorat Vile Gristle Deed Onus Stodgy Inane Collide
Rife Purge Doom Heed Haste Lame Grill
Resilient Hubbub Intrepid Array Melee Stretch
Cramp Cower Strand Caper Repertoire Exodus Breadth Foe Seldom Eddy Rancid Ajar Recur Squander
Swat Pallid Dwell
Blasé Rebuttal Lag Shale Drab Imitate