Now it doesn't bother me not to finish or to be able to decipher only a few of the clues given. What does bother me is looking at the solution the next day and discovering that I could have disregarded what I have always thought to be crossword puzzle rules in order to solve the previous day's puzzle. I've always understood that the answers should fit into the squares provided, one letter to a square. But every now and then the solution as shown two or more letters in a single square. A recent puzzle had several instances of "ring" showing in a single square. And yes, "ring" figured in many of the answers I was contemplating, but it never occurred that I could fit it in one square. I've also seen answers start or end outside the provided squares, with maybe the first couple or the last few letters being outside the provided diagram. If the correct answer/solution to the clue is "Goodnight Irene," there should be sufficient squares to write that into the diagram. I shouldn't look the next day and see "GO" printed outside the diagram. And don't get me started on discovering that I could have substituted numerals for letters...
So I always thought there were rules to how crossword puzzles were constructed; rules that those solving the puzzles follow. It irks me to discover that the creators of these mental exercises choose to step outside the normal boundaries. If they do, there should be some sort of notification provided.
Wishing all who served a meaningful VETERANS' DAY!
Me, not long before retiring from the USN and right before Jessica was born.