'Fluid intelligence' key to crossword success
AS dedicated followers of cryptic crosswords will surely know, there is no substitute for experience, writes Nick Collins.
But a scientific study has identified the mental qualities which allow a handful of crossword addicts to stand out among their peers.
So-called fluid intelligence, or the ability to "make the mind jump through hoops" while solving problems, is linked to the ability to untangle cryptic clues. People with higher fluid intelligence are able to reason more quickly and logically.
Dr Philip Fine, who led the study by researchers from the University of Buckingham, said: "Higher problem-solving ability appears to play a role in enabling elite solvers to excel." (© Daily Telegraph, London)