I think that at the end of the day I'm drawn to a certain level of ambiguous storytelling that requires hard thought and work in the same way that the New York Times crossword puzzle does: Sometimes you just want to put it down or throw it out the window, but there's a real rewarding sense if you feel like you've cracked it.

— Damon Lindelof

Tremendous Crossword quotations

I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword.

When asked "What do we need to learn this for?" any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness.

I enjoy walking my dog and completing crossword puzzles.

Complexity can be a trap. You can have a ball developing a phrase, inverting it, playing it in different keys and times and all. But it's really more introspective than communicative. Like a crossword puzzle compared to a poem.

Koko B. Ware is a crossword wrestler: he enters the ring vertically, and leaves horizontally.

One thing that I do find really sexy is a girl who's good at crossword puzzles.

Just as dogs love to chew bones, the mind loves to get its teeth into problems.

That's why it does crossword puzzles and builds atom bombs.

One cannot build life from refrigerators, politics, credit statements and crossword puzzles. That is impossible. Nor can one exist for any length of time without poetry, without color, without love.

I do crosswords when I have time to kill somewhere, and am 100 percent successful on filling in the spots I get stuck on - after I close up, do something else, and then go back to it.

It's the boredom that kills you. You read until you're tired of that. You do crossword puzzles until you're tired of that. This is torture. This is mental torture.

Jesus is not directing the angelic choir, taking long naps, or doing crossword puzzles. He is completely focused on building his church, the hope of the world.

If you have an active mind, it always helps.

You know, people who don't do crosswords, their minds fall asleep. That's why I do them-my mind is always working. One day my brain is going to explode through the top of my head.

Do I rue a life wasted doing crosswords? Yes, but I do know the three-letter-word for regret.

Why do people do crossword puzzles? There's no reward for completing one, but some people just like the challenge.

The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution.

What I love about cooking is that after a hard day, there is something comforting about the fact that if you melt butter and add flour and then hot stock, it will get thick!

My recipe for bliss on a Friday night consists of a 'New York Times' crossword puzzle and a new episode of 'Homicide;' Saturdays and Sundays are oriented around walks in the woods with the dog, human companion in tow some of the time but not always.

But I'm really enjoying my retirement.

I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat cake.

People who work crossword puzzles know that if they stop making progress, they should put the puzzle down for a while.

Some people like doing crossword puzzles or Sudoku.

I love auditioning. On camera, I hated auditioning. But voiceovers I like trying to figure it out, then getting in there and seeing how close you can get.

Spending waiting moments doing crossword puzzles or reading a book you brought yourself.

I'm patient with crossword puzzles and the most impatient golfer.

Confucius does his crossword with a pen.

For many years, it seemed as if nothing changed in Norway.

You could leave the country for three months, travel the world, through coups d'etat, assassinations, famines, massacres and tsunamis, and come home to find that the only new thing in the newspapers was the crossword puzzle.

You're never quite sure where the song is going, because you might not find the word to rhyme with the end of the line. You have to find associative meaning to get you there. So it's rather like doing a crossword puzzle backwards. A kind of strange, three-dimensional, abstract crossword puzzle.

Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there's no right answer

I love words. Sudoku I don't get into, I'm not into numbers that much, and there are people who are hooked on that. But crossword puzzles, I just can't - if I get a puppy and I paper train him and I put the - if all of a sudden I'd open the paper and there's a crossword puzzle - 'No, no, you can't go on that, honey. I'll take it.'

So I met the bloke who invented crosswords today.

I can't remember his name, it's P something T something R.

Egotism, n: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen.

In the same way he's fascinated by crosswords, the puzzle of solving the murder is what drives him on.

I do the 'New York Times' crossword puzzle every morning to keep the old grey matter ticking.

I used to be a great fan of doing crosswords.

When you're fiddling around with anagrams, you get wonderful jumbles of syllables that become interesting.

I love doing crosswords, it's so important to keep the brain going.

Contemporary art often plays to the part of us that is very uncomfortable with not being sure, that cannot maintain a state of 'don't know'. The over-prioritising of meaning gets in the way of just experiencing the art in a more sensual way. Judging quality purely from an intuitive emotional response needs more confidence and experience than just working it out like a crossword clue.