Two months ago I was lamenting my inability to complete the Sunday crossword puzzle in the Chicago Tribune Magazine. I was so close then, I guess it was just a matter of time before the stars aligned and the clues fell into place. But this morning was utterly magical. I sat down with the March 4 puzzle and cruised through it -- I finished the whole thing in one sitting! Most crosswords have at least one frustrating square where two obscure clues intersect, but this one didn't. Since it was an older puzzle, I could check my answers immediately in last Sunday's issue. Unlike last time, when I found one incorrect letter, this time the entire puzzle checked out. I did it!
Now I suppose my dad or my grandma will say, "Oh, March 4? That was a breeze. I didn't even have to read any of the down clues to finish that one."