Are they really an exercise for the brain? I enjoy a good crossword. It feels good to use the old noggin but I think it probably takes more grey matter to create a good crossword, although I stand to be corrected. Crosswords et al are fairly popular in N.A. it seems. I was wondering if other languages display the same passion for word puzzles as English seems to. I've never seen a crossword in any language other than English. I tried googling and came across several sites that say they have crosswords in many different tongues but I couldn't find a site that would show at least one example. Anyway, is the only prerequisite for good word puzzles an alphabet?