London, 27 June: You may spend hours agonising over cryptic crosswords, but it will actually take you around nine years to get the hang of it. In a new study, UK researchers found that rather than basic intelligence, it is experience that can help you master cryptic crosswords. People can be taught to solve the puzzles in just a year but to become an expert takes far longer, psychologists said. There is a ‘eureka’ moment when people finally ‘get it’, they said. Scientists carried out tests on 750 volunteers. They wanted to find out whether puzzle solvers were born or made and found that in most cases, it is the latter, although only after a lot of hard work and self motivation, The Telegraph reported. pti