Meanwhile, Bangle’s junior high open house was Monday I had not met her English teacher before, though he taught Sabers when Sabers was in eighth grade. This particular teacher likes to teach vocabulary by playing with words, especially their roots, so of course I passed along a link to Kegler’s page and the puzzles there that were constructed by and/or for middle-schoolers.
One unexpected way that I think cryptics benefit your brain (and your writing) is the variety of indicators you’ll see. Constructors love to hide the ball, so variety in indicators is a must. Seeing more of them will expand your options, particularly for action words, when writing.