Thursday, April 7, 2011


i watched a documentary last night called "wordplay," about people who are obsessed with crossword puzzles. these people are amazing, and amazingly weird. they include jon stewart, bob dole and bill clinton. and the indigo girls. plus a pitcher for the yankees.

who knew?

other puzzle fanatics include a friendly dad from fort collins, a professional pianist in new york, and a college student studying computer science in new york who states that crossword puzzles are one arena where computers can't perform better than humans, because computers don't get nuance and double meanings and, well, wordplay.

but the thing that stuck out most to me was something clinton said, which i guess should come as no surprise. he said he approaches a crossword puzzle the same way he approaches any complex problem. he goes straight to the answers he knows, the clues he can solve, and then builds on that to figure out the other pieces.

maybe i was just hypnotized by his kind eyes and his electric blue tie, but it sounded like a pretty good approach to me. in fact, i think i am going to use that theme in my relief society lesson on sunday.

because if there is anywhere the wisdom of bill clinton belongs, its in church.

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