Starting marriage with a puzzle clue

Starting marriage with a puzzle clue

A guy proposed to his girlfriend through the Sunday crossword puzzle, something that they both enjoyed doing together every week.

A marriage proposal inside a crossword puzzle yields the correct answer: Yes!

The clue for 111 across in yesterday’s Boston Globe Sunday magazine crossword puzzle was “Generic Proposal.” The answer (spoiler alert, for those still working on it!) was “Will you marry me?”

Most puzzle devotees no doubt just moved on to the next clue when they solved that one. But for Aric Egmont of Cambridge, those 14 letters on the grid were the actual proposal he’d been plotting for months to his girlfriend, Jennie Bass.

Get the pun? Generic = Jen + Aric.

Doing the crossword puzzle together is an underrated couples activity. Before Isabella came along we used to do the puzzle together every night at dinner. Unfortunately, we’re too distracted these days during dinner, but I still like doing the puzzle with her when we get a chance. It reminds me how brilliant she is and it’s fun accomplishing something with her that we both contribute to, playing off each other’s strengths.