Crossword creator: People do not want coronavirus in their crosswords

Tarmo Tuule.
Tarmo Tuule. Source: Vikerraadio

Crossword creator Tarmo Tuule said on Sunday's Vikerraadio morning show "Vikerhommik" that he is trying to avoid topics related to the coronavirus in his crosswords and the focus should be on more positive topics.

Tuule said that the skill to create crosswords comes from solving many. "I had my beginning many years ago, when the first Nutis and Kumas (popular Estonian crossword brands - ed.) came out, I began solving and creating them soon after," he said.

A good crossword, according to Tuule, must offer entertainment and wisdom all at once. "It should also not be boring," he said, adding that some creators do it as a full-time job, but hobby authors such as Villu Tamme, known generally as "Punkar Villu", is one of the most valued crossword creators.

"Hobby authors might create a crossword or two on weekends and evenings," Tuule added.

He does not think people want the coronavirus to infect crosswords. "We are trying to create crossword puzzles on more positive topics," he said and noted that while crossword sales are increasing, he does not think the pandemic is to blame. "We are a young company (Nuti Group - ed.) and people are just discovering us, which is why we have gained popularity," Tuule said.

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