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By age 11, I began to drink coffee (black, except for lattes) and haven’t stopped. (When I later found out about my food sensitivities, I said I was willing to give up anything except coffee.) Also at about 11, I began trying my hand and brain at crossword puzzles, inspired by my dad’s expertise with the New York Times puzzle each day. This pair has been my guilty pleasure ever since, now joined by Wordle–although not strictly a crossword, a perfect complement. Whether while procrastinating on a work day or enjoying them on a Sunday, coffee and crosswords: a winning combo!

This pair has been my guilty pleasure ever since ...

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I have recently retired from a marketing and technical writing and editing career and am thoroughly enjoying writing for myself and others.

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Definitely a good combo, Marian. Good to know that your food sensitivities weren’t affected by coffee. Lounging around, drinking coffee and doing word puzzles seems very chill.

  2. Wonderful Flash, Mare. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do love crosswords, especially the NYTimes puzzle.

    My friend Barb who was my teaching colleague years ago also loved the puzzle and sometimes at lunch we’d do it together. One day another colleague who proclaimed himself a crossword whiz challenged us to a puzzle contest.

    We sat opposite him, yelled Go, and we worked on ours and he on his. I don’t even remember who won, but what fun!

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    My husband would agree with you 100%. While I am reading/commenting on Retro stories, he’s on his third crossword.

  4. Khati Hendry says:

    That sounds delightful Marian, I note as I loll in bed enjoying a cappuccino and newspaper with puzzles and reading Retrospect.

  5. Suzy says:

    I’m with you, Mare, love both coffee and crosswords. Ed and I are great on crosswords together, because he gets the sports and science clues, and I get the literature and pop culture ones. I don’t think you should feel any guilt whatsoever about enjoying those things!

  6. John Shutkin says:

    I’m exactly half way with you, Marian. I have been semi-addicted to crossword puzzles since I was a kid. But coffee? I tried – especially in college where it was cool to pull all-nighters and basically mainline coffee. But it just didn’t take. Just never liked the taste, even if I lived the affect. Still, a terrific RetroFlash on your perfect pleasure combo.

    Now, Diet Coke, on the other hand….

    • Marian says:

      To each their own, John. Never was a Diet Coke fan, but I started on coffee so young (age 11) that the taste is just “baked in” now. Crossword puzzles rock, as so many Retrospect folks have indicated.

  7. When I realized how much I was spending at Starbucks, even with free refills, I mostly gave up coffee. Once a week now on Sundays. Bring my Kindle to DD and sip and read for about 30 minutes or so.

  8. Jim Willis says:

    Marian, I did crosswords forever. Until Words with Friends came along. Now the crosswords are reserved for long flights.

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