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By Dan Moren

Service Station: The New York Times Crossword

I don’t play as many games as I used to. Part of it is just that I don’t have as much time as I used to, so I find myself squeezing in those leisure pursuits in the nooks and crannies between all those adult responsibilities, like making sure the dishes are clean and then making more dishes by cooking dinner.

So I place a high value on those pieces of entertainment that I can pick up and put down, that have a recurring challenge to them that’s not just mindlessly staring at a phone and trying to do the same inane task over and over again. It’s why I’m willing to pony up the princely sum of $40 every year for a subscription to the New York Times Crossword puzzle.

I’ve been doing the puzzle for years now, but it’s really in the last five or six that I’ve become devoted to finishing the puzzle every day.…

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