Monday, April 7, 2008

Into the Words

Geez, not only is Stephen Sondheim a musical genius, he can also create cryptic crossword puzzles that I can't even begin to comprehend, as this week's 40th anniversary installment of New York magazine reminds us.

Give the complex wordplay of his lyrics, it shouldn't surprise me, but I was amused to find that the puzzles had been issued in book form by HarperCollins.

I recall that that documentary about crossword devotees from a couple of years ago, Wordplay, mentioned that musicians were often very good at crossword puzzles, but I don't remember the reason why. Anyone?

1 comment:

Ellen said...

The theory was that doing crosswords and playing music both involve instant pattern recognition.