Pardon the Interruption!

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Puzzle Notes

"The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions" ~ Andre Maurois

Dear Friends,

Having studied music since childhood, I learned about the power of one hour of uninterrupted practice. It's amazing how much can be accomplished by focusing on a problem for 60 minutes straight -- no phone calls, texts, email or any devices. 

These days I find myself deliberately "unplugging" from all devices to achieve that 60-minute stretch. I must consciously manage the temptation to check email, texts, voicemail, or news headlines. I even purchased an opera light for my music stand; this allows me to dim the lights in the room and practice in an "orchestra pit" setting, with no visual distractions. My attention span now needs a lot of attention!

I hope that these Monday night Crossword Nation emails aren't considered "interruptions"; I like to think of them as neighborly visits from a friend who's dropping off the latest puzzle.

Welcome to Week 660 of Crossword Nation. We cordially invite you to solve "Pardon the Interruption!" as your diversion of the week. 

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Cruciverbally yours and with respect,



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Liz Gorski