We are kicking off the week with Letter Writing Inspired Crossword Puzzles.
There is a story of a Postal carrier from last year who started creating cross word puzzles – and getting paid for them! Then there is a story of where the cross word puzzle drew on “Letter writing” to help solve it from a few weeks ago.
“Posts or puzzles,
mail carrier has a way with letters” from Philly.com
“The best ideas percolate when Jules Markey walks his Center City postal route. Down and across zip code 19130, he fills the silvery stacked mailboxes of five high-rise apartment buildings on Spring Garden Street. Puzzles help Markey combat the repetition.
The other day, as he slipped an Entertainment Weekly into a mail slot on Brandywine Street, he remembered when trash served as inspiration for the first crossword of his the New York Times accepted.
A resident on his route had discarded a pile of doors by the curb.
“So I came up with a bunch of words that precede the word door,” Markey recalled. He scribbled them on postal labels stuffed in his shirt pocket. … And so the 58-year-old mailman’s first professional crossword was born. (He was paid $300.) … Click here to read the entire article.