I got a page a day calendar in late January that was all about Scrabble. I thought that this would be perfect in that I love words, and that I every once in a while have the good fortune to play a game of Scrabble with my friend Josh. Unfortunately for me, he has the opportunity to play a little more frequently than I do, and so he usually rocks my world, and sends me away crying.
Well, it's not usually that bad, but I have been beaten severely by this opponent before, and so I thought that the calendar could help teach me how to be better at the game. And it does, usually, but all of its puzzles are ridiculously complex.
When I bought this, I figured that I could have this thing on my desk at work, rip off the front page every morning, think about the answer for a few seconds, get it right, and go on with my day.
Sounds feasible, right? It very much did up until the time that I realized that the devil must have put them together.
For example, let's take a look at one of these puzzles. "Your rack is d e h i m r t, and on the board it _ _ y _ o _ _. Fill in the blanks with five of your tiles to make a common seven-letter word.
Now those of you who have a better command of the English language might get this very quickly, but I, perhaps because I'm distracted by, I don't know, WORKING don't get to give it more than a couple of quick seconds thought before getting to my work. So this ineveitably starts off my day with me feeling like a doof, and a big dummy dumb dumb of a doof at that.
Maybe I'll just throw it away. Mmm...that'd feel good.
9 hours ago