Is it OK to do the cafe’s newspaper crossword?
When in a cafe and reading a newspaper provided for customers, is it acceptable to do the crossword, on the grounds that it is better for one person to do it than nobody?
Ideally you do it with a 3B pencil and then erase the solution before passing it on – that is the height of considerate behaviour. Alternatively, photograph it, print it at work and complete it at the cafe over lunch. Having said that, I often do them with a pen as the cafe I use gets so few customers in the morning. Mo Kwazai
Why not just do it in your head? It’s not difficult and leaves the puzzle for others to try, too. It’s not really possible for the cryptic puzzle, though one can still try out the clues. But for the easier puzzles – quick crossword, sudoku or whatever – it’s not hard and is good memory training. anniegyg
I have never been able to do cryptic crosswords, but so as not to look too thick on the train I make a very good show of filling it in at random in double-quick time with my own made up words. My neighbours doing their crosswords seem suitably impressed. Returnofthemag
Maybe people who like puzzles that much could work out where their wallet is. Yayforyou
If it is a cryptic crossword, then yes and no. Jason Scott-taggart, Rotherfield, E Sussex