My college roommate/best friend is EXTREMELY GOOD at crosswords. She showed me how much fun they were during our sophomore year and with practice I got pretty awesome. Exhibit A:
Also, true confessions: this was the “b” crossword, where “b” is the free weekly “young people”-ish paper put out by the Baltimore Sun, so it was no New York Times Friday. But I finished it all, in pen, in less than one hour, without the coaching of my BFF, so I consider that a personal victory.