On April 22, 1965, the newspaper Clarín incorporated, on the last page of its printed newspaper, a new format that, thanks to its popularity, was maintained for 59 years. This Thursday, the popular Claringrilla reached its 20 thousand editions.
This mental agility game consists of filling in 20 columns with the answers to various general culture questions. At the end, a phrase is formed in which it is displayed between the third and fifth vertical row. Currently, there was a minimal change in its original structure, since a column was subtracted but it still has syllables – clues to help the reader. In case of difficulty, the Internet is an infallible resource to solve puzzles more easily.
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The newspaper Clarín celebrates the 20 thousand editions of Claringrilla, the mental agility game that it has published on its last page since 1962. (Photo: Web: clarin.com/claringrilla)By: Mayerkis Campos
Although it was originally a hobby, science has determined that the regular practice of games such as crossword puzzles has important benefits in mental health care. It stimulates brain activity in areas as important as concentration and memory, facilitates problem solving, among other benefits. In addition, it delays cellular aging and prevents diseases and disorders such as senile dementia and Alzheimer's.
Today, Claringrilla continues to attract all audiences. Its concept crossed generations and of course, aroused an incredible love among readers who, for several years, have accepted the challenge of facing each edition and testing their knowledge.
Miguel Ángel Bella, his incredible story as the expert who continues to conquer editions of Claringrilla
The case of Miguel Ángel Bella is very particular. A lawyer by profession and resident of the Villa Urquiza neighborhood, he is crowned as an expert on the subject, after unusually completing each Claringrilla in print and web format for 20 consecutive years. In total, he completed almost 13 thousand publications. The lawyer agreed to tell his story to TN, as part of this editorial celebration.
How did your love for Claringrilla arise and why, among so many similar games and trivia, did you become interested in this game in particular?
My love for claringrilla began more than 20 years ago. From the Clarín website I have made them since the end of May 2010 without interruption. What attracts me most to this hobby is the daily mental exercise it provides. Mental exercise that for those like me (I'm 62 years old), I take it as an incentive.
How do you think Claríngrilla has influenced your life? Does it help you, relax you, distract you from the issues of daily life?
It had an impact on my life because, in principle, it enriches the language. Beyond the words in common use, there may be more far-fetched words that are not used in everyday language. So I think it helps, and it really does, the language and communication of each of us.
To solve the daily Claringrillas, Miguel Ángel Bella requires a magnifying glass and his knowledge. (Photo: Courtesy Clarín)By: Mayerkis Campos
Were there any edits that for some reason you couldn't complete?
At least from the end of May 2010 until today, February 1, 2024, I always completed them.
What are the questions you like the most? Which ones are the most difficult for you?
The questions I like the most are those that refer to situations or places that exist in another part of the world. In recent days, for example, that city in China, Nanchang, which had already been published in some other edition, came out. The words that are the most difficult there are those that one can only access as the final word of the 19 or 20 words that the game brings that day.
Although Miguel Ángel Bella assures that the printed format of Clarín accompanied him all his life, he does not deny its digital version. (Photo: Courtesy Clarín)
What does your family think about your love of Claringrillas? Do you like to complete them with them or do you prefer to do it alone?
My family has it as incorporated. Claringrilla is the first thing I do in the morning when I get to the electronic edition of the newspaper. In the past I have been an everlasting reader of the paper diary because it accompanied me throughout my life from when I was a child until a couple of years ago, when I decided to change that format for the digital edition.
My wife says that I do Claringrilla when everyone is asleep, just after 6 in the morning, which is the time I usually wake up. But it is already an incorporated value, nothing more than that.