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Women are big puzzle fanatics

It’s a study that may puzzle men, who are known as the competitive sex —women are more obsessed with crosswords.

entertainment Updated: Oct 31, 2010 00:32 IST

It’s a study that may puzzle men, who are known as the competitive sex —women are more obsessed with crosswords. Researchers have carried out the study and found that women are four times more likely than men to admit to being compulsive puzzle players, obsessed only with winning, the Daily Mail reported. On the other hand, more men than women said their motivation for completing puzzles was to keep themselves intellectually sharp, the study found.

The researchers questioned 598 people, with equal numbers of men and women, on their puzzle habits. As many as 41 per cent described themselves as “Challenger” players, who completed puzzles to keep themselves mentally active. More than 15 per cent described themselves as “Intuitive” players, 14 per cent confessed to being “Secret” puzzlers, while 12 per cent were “Dipping” puzzlers who made a crossword last a week, often without finishing it.

“Social” puzzle fans, who played only in company, accounted for 11 per cent. Just 7 per cent would admit to being. Of those, 81 per cent were female, implying that women are more likely to mean business when it comes to puzzle-playing.

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