Most of the New York Times cryptic crossword puzzles - the grid and the clues - are written by experts. Even for them, having a puzzle accepted and published by the Times
is a big deal. Which is why there was celebratory coffee, ginger ale and cake the first time an unassuming group of seniors joined the crossword-creating elite
. They have now hit that jackpot five times.
They are students in a class called 'Get A Clue', run by J.A.S.A - the Jewish Association Serving the Aging.
Every Sunday, the seniors make their way up to a third floor classroom at John Jay College in downtown Manhattan. With a teacher who is decades younger, they get down to work.
Our documentary 'So Nice to Feel Clever' was produced by David Gutnick.