Will Shortz's puzzle came on during the drive to the airport. This is Sunday morning sacred time in our household, and one of us (the one who's good at puzzles. Hint: it's not me) must not be interrupted during the segment. This one was spectacularly easy for me, involving two words and finding the common third word that made two compound words. Robin found it hard. This from a woman who can do Sudoku while talking on the phone, a puzzle who's abstract logic I find thoroughly opaque.
“Didn't you see the pictures that went with the words?” “I don't do pictures . You do.” When Will said “coffee,” I saw a mug of coffee. “Cup” a child's sippy cup. Linked with “cake” I saw a cupcake. A chocolate one with chocolate frosting. I could feel the buttery texture of the frosting on my tongue. “I'm aural. No pictures for me,” proclaimed Robin. “Maybe you have synesthesia. Our minds work differently. But we knew that.”
It's wonderful to be surprised by my spouse this way (“Really? You couldn't do that?”) after 17 years together. I'm now at the airport, on my way for a week at St. John's College in Santa Fe. Watch the Daily Photo for the updates.