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Always been really apathetic towards crosswords. They are an extended minefield of shibboleths and arbitrary cultural touchstones, and I've never understood the ostensible reward for learning them.

That said, washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/c makes it sound like some people are upset that the shibboleths and touchstones might not be "theirs" anymore. Too bad? They were willing to put up with learning one set of them, so why not expand that set and accept change that will extend the appeal of this medium?

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@trurl

German crosswords are pretty much all geographical & historical names. "Zambesi" & "Abgar" are pretty much guaranteed to appear.

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>They are an extended minefield of shibboleths and arbitrary cultural touchstones

You've put into words what I realised after a week or so of doing them. Thank you.

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