Are crosswords anti-reading?

Ron Rosenbaum at Slate.com seems think so.

“What always gets to me,” he writes, “is the self-congratulatory assumption on the part of puzzle people that their addiction to the useless habit somehow proves they are smarter or more literate than the rest of us.”

And he takes major shots at Crawfordsville-native and puzzle guru Will Shortz in the process.

Read his whole slap-you-in-the-5-Down essay here.

So, puzzle-lovers, how do you counter-argue? How to rationalize hours spent with crosswords, Sudoku and the like?

Your thoughts?

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