I think I’ve found the ultimate useless thing. First some back information. I’m a man with quite contradictory tastes; I enjoy using digital media but I still love tactile, analogue media sources like books and newspapers. Everyday I go out and buy the i newspaper to read (ST on Sunday) even though I could access it for free online from the comfort of my armchair. And everyday after reading through it I’ll end up at the quiz/games page to do the concise crossword and the idoku (the i‘s very own soduku) puzzle. Like yesterday’s…
I guess it’s about keeping the marbles polished. Anyway looking at the page before putting the paper in the recycling bin this morning it occurred to me that, whilst it’s never going to become an Olympic sport, you could get some marginal pleasure from looking over someone’s completed crossword, checking the answers against the clues. It’s still informative and interesting, albeit mildly. But, there is absolutely nothing to be had from looking over a completed soduku puzzle. As Mr Praline might say (I can be topical when I want to be) , it’s a dead puzzle, deceased, passed on. This puzzle is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its compiler. Its a stiff! Bereft of life and value. It rests in peace. THIS IS AN EX-PUZZLE!!
And completely bloody useless to man and beast. But it was diverting to do it!