There were no cross words, but a bit of disappointment hung in the air this morning at 7th and Montana as the Sunday Crossword Clatch not only started, but finished today's puzzle without me. Actually, even though I arrived on the scene 30-minutes before our usual start time, Kathy and Genevieve had made plans to get an even earlier start and pretty much wrapped-up the puzzle before I got there. The incident prompted me to wonder: Do I smell? Am I a nuisance? Am I one of those annoying interrupters who blurts out answers at the drop of a hat? "We just thought you might be around, anyhow, since you're usually early," said Genevieve. So, I guess it's true what they say, the early bird gets the crossword. In the end, I did the puzzle myself... but it wasn't as much fun.