Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Readers Pose Crossword Puzzle

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Readers Pose Crossword Puzzle

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Here is why I brag about Herald-Tribune subscribers.

A while ago, those who tackle the daily puzzle thought something was amiss. The clues seemed different, and some of the references were more attuned to recent pop culture. The puzzle had become more Miley Cyrus than Myles Standish.

When something strays from the norm, you contact us.

Copy Editor Kris Kudenholdt and Newsroom Business Manager Cindy Allegretto are earnest, detail-oriented, and persistent. So, yes -- cue the drum roll -- they solved this puzzle.

The longtime creator of the puzzle died last month. Kings Features Syndicate, which provides the puzzle, found a replacement.

You were astute enough to notice nuances in the new clues.

Sure enough, you were correct.

Glenn Mott, editor and publishing director for Kings, assures us that the daily puzzle will return to its previous style: "The puzzles until mid-December are already done, but the new ones will reflect the former style, and you should notice the change before the end of the month."

A change back to the old way!

Talk about the ultimate innovation for that species known as creatura habitus.

All this organizational chit-chat about innovation doesn't alter the reality that we sit in the same comfy chair each evening, sleep on the same side of the bed, and eat our oatmeal the same way each morning.

Oh, it doesn't mean we're socially in hibernation. Check out the long lunch line at the new Sol Meyer NY Delicatessen. We're willing to break our lunch routine if latkes are the reward.

Most of us are capable of change. But we need to understand emotionally and intellectually the reason for change.

If you're looking for inspiration, read Charles Duhigg's "The Power of Habit." Duhigg shows how individuals and organizations can made adaptive change by understanding the neurological cravings, or cues, that create routines and ultimately rewards. …

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