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Which is a leafy salad vegetable?


BC Memories


By Christine Lovatt

Spending many hours hunched over a computer is an occupational hazard that I’m sure many a YouPlayer puzzler shares - problems such as round shoulders, headaches and RSI, to say nothing of dodgy eyesight.

We’re lucky enough to have a personal trainer here in our office, who comes in once a week to nag us about our posture, as well as putting us through agonising tortures during the Stretch Class. But then she redeems herself by giving soothing massages, so we let her come again next week.

That’s the downside of the computer world, but let’s not completely blame technology – I remember those faroff days BC (Before Computers) when I was hunched over my desk making crosswords. I still suffered from an aching back, headaches and probably ruined my eyesight, so it’s not much different.

What is different is the use we make of words. In those days, a virus was an illness like the ‘flu’, memory was in your head (or not, in many cases), a keyboard was a piano and a web was where a spider lived. A cursor was someone who swore, and a hard drive was a long, boring trip in the car.

If you can think of any more examples, let me know – young people may never have heard the original meaning!


Happy puzzling!



2 Responses to

BC Memories

micbar said:
September 14, 2008 at 7:41 AM

I just want to thank you for your wonderful site so many people (housebound)find pleasure there. I get your cryptic mags.and stumbled on to this site and have met so many people. I think you should get a medal. Thank you once again.



September 17, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Hi micbar, I'm glad you like our site and our cryptics. It's a great way to meet people who are on your wavelength! Thanks for the medal comment, I think a team medal would be good, because here at YouPlay and Lovatts we all work together and we have lots of fun!