Is it OK to do the cafe’s news­pa­per crossword?

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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

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