I do pretty well. Words have always been my thing. No point in asking me to do Sudoku though…
Sometimes the nine letter word jumps out at me, sometimes I really struggle to find it. Yesterday the letters were ODRRWENGO- and it was the toughest yet.
They say you can't have foreign words, but what exactly is a foreign word? Is "craic" a foreign word? Opinion will vary.
I don't usually bother to look at the printed solutions but when I do I always find there are words I've missed which I had no idea existed. For instance "teel". I'm familiar with "teal"- which is a duck and a colour but I can't think I've ever come across "teel" in either print or speech. Isn't the English language amazing? No-one can possibly be familiar everything that's in the dictionary.
I looked "teel" up. It's American English, comes from the Hindi and is a synonym for the plant- and its derivatives- that I call "sesame". Perhaps you knew that.