The gleam is off those new gadgets acquired over the holidays; the Steelers have scattered to warm-weather golf courses; and the writers' strike is turning our former best friend, TV, into the "reality"-based houseguest from hell.
Everything slows down a bit in the cooler weather, but there's still plenty to do 'round these parts. In the following pages, we offer a selection of local activities and events, with something to captivate everyone -- from opera aficionados to fans of Larry the Cable Guy; nightclub night owls and kids who love poop; dog-lovers, pensive poets and those hearty sorts who enjoy bracing outdoor temperatures.
And, if you can't get off the couch -- or you're waiting in line to see the newly spiffed-up dinosaurs -- grab a pencil and enjoy our winter-activity-themed puzzles. Exercise your brain, and perhaps your feet will follow.
-- Puzzles by Al Hoff and Andy Mulkerin
COVER ILLUSTRATION: JAN MARIE DESCARTES
Click here for the Winter Guide Mad Lib and concert guide.
Click here for the Winter Guide matching quiz and movie preview.
Click here for the Winter Guide crossword and live theater preview.
Click here for the Winter Guide maze and guide to outdoor activities.
Click here for the Winter Guide photo search and art gallery preview.
Click here for the Winter Guide word search and museum guide.
Click here for the Winter Guide cryptogram and list of literary events.
Click here for the Winter Guide word scramble and listing of other events.
Click here for the answer key for all puzzles.