Area man in shock puzzle doping scandal
Here’s a funny side effect for you. I take dexamethasone (a steroid) on Friday and Saturday mornings when I’m on a medication week of the cycle. So I don’t sleep for very long on a Friday and Saturday night (and tend to crash a bit on Sunday afternoon and Monday). I’ve got used to this effect (as previously documented here) and I’d generally noticed that on Friday afternoon and Saturday I do tend to be quite “focussed” on what I’m doing, but I’d not really seen any specific benefits.
This morning I was wide awake at about 5am (having grudgingly gone to bed at 1am), and opened up the Guardian Crosswords app on my phone. I tend to dabble with the Guardian cryptic crossword, but it’s extremely rare that I find the time or the insight to finish a puzzle. No such trouble this morning in the wee hours.
This was a puzzle that I’d previously completed about half of, and got no further. The really weird thing is that (other than being wide awake so early) I didn’t feel any different, except that those clues that I’d previously got stuck on just seemed easy.
Ps. For those of you not in the know, “Area man in…” is a reference to The Onion – America’s Finest News Source