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Old 03-28-2012, 08:20 AM
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Default things that keep me from solving cryptos

I know you all work, and are still able to solve. But, I need to be able to give myself ample time for solving, b/c I never know when I am going to run into one that takes me forever. I am generally a slow online solver, and I care about my solving percentage. I have a low-paying freelance writing job--I have to write 3 articles a day, and it took me all day! Then, I am addicted to scrapbooking and cardmaking, and I am doing a project for kids for which i'd like to do 50 cards (I did not have this obsession the last time I was online here). I am making cards now. Since I've been back online, I haven't solved that many puzzles. And I leave Saturday to go to Nashville to help my mother move. All of my extra time i will need for writing. Well, something's gotta give! I am having crypto-withdraw symptroms! At least when I was doing paper and pencil puzzles, I could start every day with some solving fun. Penny Press puzzles are easier, and I was able to whip thru about a dozen at the start of each day (that is not to say I am going back to that--ain't gonna happen). How do you guys find the time to solve your thousands of puzzles?

PS--I am stopping the card-making so I can solve. I am hopelessly behind, but it will have to stay that way for another night! I MUST solve some cryptos!

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:36 PM
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As an ex avid solver ...short answer...I had no life hence I spent hours and hours here.
Some of the older players who arent playing anymore would have marathon nights
play all night long, chat was fun!!

As your speed improves you will solve more puzzles, I think there's a math equation in
there somewhere..P 7 would know it!! She's smart. (scary smart but a lovely lady)

Not sure if that answers your question, not awake yet, LOL.

Take care and pleasant solving.
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:43 PM
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Yes, being retired, unemployed, or under-employed generally gives one the time to solve way more puzzles than everyone else. I don't have that kind of time now (yeah! better paycheck!), but I still find a little time each day to unwind and give my neurons a work-out. I say everyone should play as long as they're having a good time. If being here makes you stressed because you should be doing something else, go do that thing. This is a hobby. Life is out there, waiting to be lived.

Hope your mom likes her new place.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:43 PM
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Face it Kimmie, you may just have to give up the high solving percentage for time away to do other things.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:12 PM
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Oh, man! It will probably be the other way around--giving up some other things so I can solve. I just cannot let a puzzle go!

Already today I have done several puzzles, but no writing...
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:42 PM
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I agree with Lurker....this SHOULD be fun and not something you feel compelled to do at the cost of LIVING! I think that helping your Mother move (kudos to you for being such a wonderful daughter) will give you a bit of a break from solving and you'll find that life goes on....even without cryptograms

Some of us who play are retired (myself) or partially so, which gives us a lot more time to play. But while it's fun to be in the top 10, that is never my objective....I play because it keeps my brain working and I have fun doing it.

I hope the move goes smoothly. Moving has got to be the biggest PITA in the world!

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