August 01, 2008

Doogie likes puzzles

I just caught a few minutes of Fresh Air with Terry Gross on Chicago Public Radio. She was interviewing Neil Patrick Harris, who's currently starring online in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, available via iTunes. (That's the latest Joss Whedon post-Buffy project.) He's done a lot of Stephen Sondheim musicals, and it turns out he befriended Sondheim before he started working with him. Why? A shared love of puzzles, games, crosswords, etc. (Sondheim has published and helped popularize cryptic crosswords in America, I think.) Harris has enjoyed taking part in puzzle treasure hunts at Sondheim's home. Lucky dog!

I don't know about you, but my esteem for people in the public eye always shoots right up when I find out they like crosswords.