Things are more chaotic than ever, but the crossword puzzle is elegant and finite. As I methodically fill in the blank squares with letters, tapping into the well of knowledge I’ve acquired from every other crossword puzzle I’ve ever done, I’m overcome with a (fleeting) sense of solace. Each clue is a riddle and every answer has its proper place. It’s my job to crack the code, to figure out where it all goes, and unlike almost everything else in life, I always succeed.
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